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Medicinal Saffron - University of Sydney trials


Medicinal Saffron for Eyesight Repair

When you buy saffron you are normally buying it for its beautiful golden colour or its unique saffron taste. In fact, saffron has been used as a medicine for a very long time, and in many cultures is considered primarily a medicine, and secondarily a food.

The University of Sydney in Australia has conducted research into the benefits of saffron on eyesight. Amazingly, taking saffron for 3 months was found to measurably improve the eyesight of participants who took part in the University’s trial (

Saffron has long been known as an anti-oxidant, but this research is one of the first times that an academic institution has been able to demonstrate objective benefits in a credible academically controlled study.

Professor Bisti, the lead researcher on the project says “saffron appears to affect genes which regulate the fatty acid content of the cell membrane, and this makes the vision cells tougher and more resilient”. He adds that saffron has an ability to increase oxygen availability in the body and help prevent cell death.

The potential for treating degenerative or genetic loss of eyesight is an exciting area of research which Professor Bisti is exploring. Currently the only treatment for macular degeneration is injecting drugs into the eye, which is risky and not a highly repeatable treatment. By simply including saffron in your daily diet, people might be able to reduce the risk of losing your eyesight as their body ages.

We might just be uncovering the tip of the iceberg with the University of Sydney study. Saffron has been used for thousands of years by some of the oldest cultures in the world to treat a range of ailments. It might just be that science is just catching up to what humanity has known all along, that saffron is not only the king of spices but also a powerful and natural medicine that will help you live a long and healthy life.



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