Therapeutic Benefits of Saffron

Saffron is the stigma from the flower of Crocus sativus. It has a long history of use as a spice, medicine and yellow colouring agent. It was reportedly used by the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations and in medieval Egypt.

Crocus sativa

Traditional uses:

  • Depression
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Nerve calming

According to clinical trials:

  • Depression (30mg 1-2 times a day)
  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Macular degeneration
  • Premenstrual syndrome


  • Asthma
  • Dysmenorrhoea
  • Exercise performance enhancement
  • Male infertility (sperm shape and motility)
  • Psoriasis

Reported effects:

  • Anticancer
  • Antidepressant
  • Nerve protective
  • Antioxidant
  • Immune system effects


  • It may induce uterine contractions and abortion. Not to be used during pregnancy.

About Naturopathy by Savvas Ioannides
Savvas Ioannides is a Naturopathic, Herbal and GAPS Diet practitioner who studied at Nature Care College in Sydney. Savvas uses holistic and natural therapies including Herbal remedies and Nutrition to boost your vitality and help you achieve optimum levels of health.

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