Posted on December 07, 2013
On Friday 26th July 2013 Today Tonight on Channel 7 ran a segment highlighting saffron and its use in the treatment of age related macular degeneration (AMD) the leading cause of adult blindness in Australia.
If you missed seeing it on TV, you can watch it again by clicking on the link below :
AMD affects over 1 million mainly mature aged Australians, with one in 3 people over 60 years old impacted by the disease. AMD is caused by age related deterioration of the retina, and was thought to be irreversible. A sufferer of AMD would at best be able to slow the effects of the onset of blindness by taking injections directly into the eye to stabilise the condition.
New research by Professor Jonathon Stone at the University of Sydney into the health benefits of saffron has demonstrated that taking a small amount of saffron every day actually reverses early stage AMD in sufferers, restoring sight by assisting the body to repair damaged retina cells.
The research has been confirmed by clinical trials both in Australia and in Italy.
We first reported this exciting news in February following a radio broadcast on ABC Radio National about Saffron and Macular Degeneration. If you missed this broadcast you can listed to it online right now by clicking here. This excellent segment from respected media outlet ABC includes an interview with Professor Jonathon Stone describing the success of the clinical trials, and detailing how saffron actually works within the body to repair damaged retina cells.
Since that broadcast, many of our Saffrondust customers have been taking saffron for AMD and we have been very excited to receive their positive feedback after a few months of taking saffron.
JD from the central coast wrote :
“My partner has been taking a tiny pinch of the saffron threads shown here daily for 2 months and has had improved eyesight as a result. He had been told by specialists that no improvement was possible and that monthly injections could only stabilise it. Due to a broken leg, he ceased the injections and began taking saffron. He can now read a line smaller on the eyesight chart. Worth a try!”
EG from Adelaide sent me an email after 6 weeks of taking a pinch of saffron every day in tea :
I’ve just been to the optometrist to get tested for new glasses, and was told there has been a slight improvement in my eye.
Hooray for saffron!
All the best, and thanks for your past help.
LS from regional Victoria posted a review on Saffrondust.com.au :
"After hearing a story on the ABC about the possible health benefits of saffron for eye sight problems, I purchased Sahar Khiz threads for my 70yo father who has macular degeneration. He was having eye injections once a month at a cost of $500 per month. Since he has been taking the saffron once daily his eye sight deterioration has completely stopped and he has had no painful costly injections for 4 months. very impressed ! "
As mentioned in the Today Tonight segment, saffron is the most concentrated form of antioxidants known to man, and only a tiny amount is needed in ones diet to harness the health benefits of saffron.
So how much saffron do you need to take to get the benefits ? Well, the clinical trials used a dosage of 20mg per day, which equates to a pinch of about a dozen threads. There are around 400 threads of saffron per gram, so 1 gram of saffron will last about a month at this dosage level.
So whilst saffron might be the most expensive spice in the world, the quantities used are so small that it actually works out very cost effective. A 5 gram pack of saffron for example at a cost of $35 will last around 4 or 5 months, which equates to about $0.30c per day.
We recommend taking saffron in tea. Just drop a pinch of saffron into a teacup, followed by just boiled water. It is very important to let it steep for about 10 – 15 minutes, until the water takes on a golden colour. If you look really closely you can see the wisps of red dissolving out of the saffron threads into the water.
Once the saffron has infused, top up with a bit more hot water (if it has gone a bit cold) and you can just drink as is – don’t forget to eat the threads afterwards too so as not to lose any of the goodness. The taste of saffron tea is really quite pleasant, but you can always stir it with a cinnamon stick or add a teaspoon of honey if you prefer. Some people like to drop in a teabag of Earl Grey for a more traditional flavour. Feel free to experiment !
We would love to hear what you think, don’t hesitate to email us with your questions, post them to our facebook page or use the comments form below !