More and more studies are focusing on the positive action of certain foods on our body. We all know that consuming fruits and vegetables is good for our body. In this regard, in a previous article we recommended the 4 fruit and vegetable extracts to drink for breakfast that would improve our health.
Not only fruits and vegetables, however, are a panacea for our body. Even some foods of animal origin are really beneficial for our body. We explained that few people know that this beloved fish would quickly lower triglycerides, cholesterol and high blood pressure.
Today, however, we want to talk about a very popular spice used in Italian cuisine. Probably only a few know that this beloved spice could speed up metabolism and protect against cancer. We use it a lot in the kitchen to flavor first and second courses but its benefits are not well known.
Some types of spices have a positive effect on our body. For this reason, we have already explained previously that few people know that this very common food could speed up the metabolism and prevent obesity.
Now, let’s discover together the benefits of another extraordinarily useful spice for our body.
Few people know that this beloved spice could speed up metabolism and protect against cancer
The spice we want to talk about is saffron. This very expensive spice is obtained from the stigmas of a flower called crocus sativum.
Saffron has a characteristic golden yellow color and in ancient times it was used to color fabrics. Today, however, with saffron we make our dishes more beautiful and tasty, probably without knowing how much good it can do.
Saffron is a spice rich in vitamins and is a source of precious essential oils for our body. In fact, it is a source of vitamins A, B and C. These compounds make it a valuable antioxidant that contributes to cell health. Protecting them from oxidative stress could also help reduce the risk of cancer.
According to experts, the benefits of saffron don’t stop there. Being so rich in vitamins and minerals, this spice can contribute to the proper functioning of the metabolism.
Among the minerals it possesses we find high percentages of calcium, phosphorus, copper, potassium and manganese. Potassium would protect cardiovascular health by reducing blood pressure. Calcium and phosphorus give strength to bones and teeth and finally copper and iron contribute to the formation of red blood cells.
We have seen how this precious spice is full of benefits. However, we must be careful to take it if we are pregnant. In fact, it seems that saffron stimulates the contractions of the uterus. Also, in case of bipolar disorder, saffron could promote mood swings.
(We remind you to carefully read the warnings regarding this article, which can be consulted WHO”)