Saffron contains several plant-derived chemical compounds that are known to have been anti-oxidant, disease preventing, and health promoting properties. It also contains other carotenoids, including zea-xanthin, lycopene, a- and -carotenes. These are important antioxidants that help protect the human body from oxidant-induced stress, cancers, infections and acts as immune modulators. The active components in saffron have many therapeutic applications in many traditional medicines as antiseptic, antidepressant, anti-oxidant, digestive, anti-convulsant.
Instructions: Just a pinch of fresh saffron is enough to enhance the flavor and color of the entire recipe. There are several methods to use it in the kitchen. Whole stigma can be added directly to the preparations, or oftentimes, the threads are ground to paste using traditional mortar and pestle, and add.