Saffron (Crocus Sativus L.) Crocin
Saffron is derived from the Arabic word za'faran meaning yellow. -It has been used as an anti-depressant herb Saffron extracts have been shown to significantly prolong-almost by three-fold-the life spans of mice undergoing experimental chemotherapy with the toxic anticancer drug, cisplatin. -When saffron was combined with two other substances, the amino acid cysteine and the antioxidant vitamin E, it had a protective effect against the toxicity of cisplatin. Together, these three protective agents significantly reduced blood urea nitrogen, serum creatinine and blood glucose levels, as well as reduced many other harmful chemical changes in the body (el Daly, 1998)
• Same Indian authors reported that giving saffron by mouth to lab animals significantly slowed the growth of two different kinds of cancer cells (DLA and S-180). The authors suggested that the increased levels of carotenes and Vitamin A may have accounted for this anticancer effect.
• In 1999, Spanish scientists reported that crocin, one of the carotenoids isolated from saffron, increased the survival time and decreased the growth of colon cancer in female rats, without, however, having any significant effects on the tumors in male animals.
QUESTION What does saffron do?
ANSWER Saffron helps to maintain the integrity of the walls of the blood vessels so they do not burst as easily. Saffron stimulates the body to lay down blood vessels around any blockage or bursting. Cysts will bleed if blood pressure is elevated; or if the kidneys or the liver is enlarged with numerous cysts; or if there is some trauma to cystic organs.
1. Ease the pain from a cystic liver or cystic kidneys
2. Lowers blood pressure
3. Diminishes spontaneous bursting of tiny capillaries
4. Helps diminish bursting cysts
5. Stimulates the body to lay down new blood vessels
6. Protects the integrity of DNA
7. Helps a cystic liver by increasing the metabolism of estrogen through the liver
8. Aphrodisiac effect
9. Anti convulsive
10. Helps depression
The intense orange color of saffron hints of its medicinal nature. It is particularly rich in carotenoids, which are antioxidants that protect the body from free radical damage. Anything that protects the integrity of DNA (as saffron does), this helps prevent the two hit phenomenon from continuing to propagate increasing cysts throughout our organs
QUESTION How do you make a saffron tea infusion?
ANSWER Saffron tea ingredients 1/4 teaspoon of saffron threads 1 cup of water Simmer on the stove top in a pot (approximately 7 minutes or longer) until it is reduced to a half cup of liquid. Strain, cool and sip it.
QUESTION Where do you purchase saffron?
ANSWER Saranuts Imports in Tehran, Iran. This is an Internet site that imports excellent saffron from Iran and it supplies most restaurants and their chefs with saffron. This is their site. One can purchase a half ounce for $38 or one ounce for $65. A half ounce lasts about 2-3 months. 1 ounce = 28.3495231 grams.
QUESTION What type of saffron do you find useful for liver cysts?Click here to view Print version
ANSWER I take Crocus Sativus or true saffron. Saffron is collected from Crocus sativus (Iridaceae), which originated in the Middle Eastern region of the Eurasian continent, from Greece to Persia (Iran). The plant does not propagate by seeds; the underground portion, corms (also called bulbs), divide to produce new plants. Flowers emerge in autumn; the outstanding feature of the lilac to mauve colored flower is its three stigmas 25-30 mm long, which droop over the petals: that is what is collected as saffron. There are also three yellow stamens, which lack the active compounds and are not collected. The stigma is attached to a style, which has little of the active components and is only included with the lower grades of saffron. Saffron is a wonderful herb. I enjoy a tea infusion made from saffron.
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