Products and uses of Saffron

Application of saffron in food industry
Use of saffron in cosmetic products
Medicinal consumption of saffron
Application of saffron in food industry


Most of us use powdered or unground saffron at home, and for saffron rice and saffron syrup. But the consumption of saffron in foods does not end there. Today, many parts of the food industry use saffron to flavor and color their products.
One of the areas of use of saffron is in the production of beverages. Saffron is also used in the preparation of herbal syrups, including simple, lemon and saffron syrups.
Another use of saffron is in the confectionery industry. Saffron is used to color and flavor flour products, including cakes, bread and و. Saffron is also used in dairy products such as milk, cream, butter and ice cream.
Finally, the use of saffron in the meat industry can be mentioned. Saffron is used as an aromatic spice to color meat products such as sausages. Saffron is also used in the preparation of canned meat, especially chicken-based products. Of course, the use of saffron and the use of saffron in other food industries, including oily products, such as oils and margarines, and condiments, desserts and puddings can be seen.

Use of saffron in cosmetic products
Many cosmetic companies consider saffron to be an excellent ingredient for skin care. The benefits of this precious substance in keeping the human skin and body healthy have made it the raw material for the production of many products in this field.
In terms of skin care, we have two types of pure saffron, which are:
Vegetable oil or natural saffron extract
And dried saffron
The use of saffron in its dried varieties strengthens the skin’s immunity and improves tissue production. The saffron strands that are extracted from the heart of the flower contain carotenoids, which are a beneficial substance for the skin.
Various studies have shown that carotenoids protect the skin, tissues and cells from external factors and diseases. Both natural extracts and dried saffron contain antioxidants and have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Both of these substances relieve dry skin and paleness.
The use of saffron in skin care is not limited to the production of cosmetics. In addition to the use of saffron-based cosmetics, experts also recommend the use of saffron with lavender in the form of incense.
Just add some dried saffron flowers and also dried lavender in boiling water. Then cover the dish with a towel and put your head under the towel. Inhale this incense and let it eat your face. The use of saffron in this wonderful incense, cleanses your skin a lot, and brings you vitality and youth.

Medicinal consumption of saffron
Saffron, or the dried stigmas of the saffron flower, has many pharmacological effects and is considered a strong and effective medicine. In recent years, research on the biological applications of saffron and its effective substances has been able to have many clinical and health applications in humans.
The bitter taste of saffron is due to the presence of a substance called picrocrocin. During the processing of fresh saffron plant, this substance, due to thermal or enzymatic decomposition, is converted into a fragrant aldehyde called safranal, which plays an important role in the medicinal use of saffron.
Crocins, which are glycosides composed of a carotenoid called crocetin and sugars, also cause the color of saffron. Other carotenoids such as beta-carotene, lycopene and zeaxanthin and vitamins, especially riboflavin and thiamine are also found in saffron. Crocin, crocetin and safranal are also the main active ingredients in saffron.

Recent phytochemical and pharmacological experiments on the medicinal use of saffron have shown that these main substances in saffron, namely crocin and safranal, have extraordinary properties, which are:
• Antioxidants
• Anti-tumor
• Anti-diabetic
• Anti-inflammatory
• Anti-atherosclerotic (or anti-atherosclerotic)
• Anti-genotoxic
• Amplifier of memory and learning
• Protects neurons
• Anticonvulsants
• Reduces the symptoms of opioid withdrawal
• Lowers blood pressure
• Reduces blood lipids and insulin resistance
• Increases tissue oxygenation
• Bronchial dilator
• Anti cough
• Prevents stomach ulcers
• Safety device stimulator
And retina protector.
Consumption of saffron up to 1.5 grams per day is not harmful and considering that the daily dose of 30 mg of saffron extract has an antidepressant effect in depressed patients, saffron has a large safety margin. But the use of saffron with a dose of 5 grams and above is considered toxic and in a dose of about 20 grams, it is deadly.

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