Saffron or ‘Kesar’ is a spice that grows as a plant called crocus sativus. Each plant contains seventy five thousand blossoms that look like thin threads. These blossoms are dried and used as spice for flavouring food. The plant is cultivated in Greece, South-west Asia, North America and Oceania. It is a rather expensive spice and, apart from being used in food for flavouring, it is also used in traditional medicines.
Half a teaspoon of saffron contains 38% Vitamin C, 17% Iron, 18% Magnesium, 14 % each of Vitamin B6 and Potassium. Moreover, saffron contains more than 150 useful compounds like crocin, picrocrocin and carotenoids that give it strong taste, beautiful fragrance, intense colour and medicinal qualities.
Saffron is known to have special properties that can give your baby enormous health benefits.
Gastric tonic: Saffron clears toxins from the stomach and works as a gastric tonic. It aids digestion owing to its astringent properties.
Mood enhancer: Saffron acts as an exhilarant and creates a sense of happiness. It can help restless babies by inducing a feeling of calm and happiness.
Improves eyesight: Saffron can cure cataract, conjunctivitis and can improve eyesight. Retina blood flow increases tremendously because of crecetin and crocin that it contains. Its regular use can help in protecting retinal damage, prevent macular degeneration and can even protect against tunicamycin.
However, care should be taken not to consume this spice in excessive quantities. If consumed for extended periods of time, it may cause dry mouth, drowsiness, anxiety, headache, loss of appetite and even allergies. When taken in large doses orally, it can cause bleeding from the nose, bloody diarrhoea, vomiting, numbness and many more hazardous side effects.
Saffron is best used in food to enhance taste and fragrance. It can be eaten in food or consumed with milk. Saffron can be applied as a paste on the skin for its skin rejuvenating properties.
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