Saffron is the most expensive spice on the planet. It's made from the stigmata of the Crocus sativa flower, and it takes about 75,000 - 80,000 plants to make one pound of the spice. No wonder it's so expensive!
Before discussing its benefits, I'll give the cautions. Scientists believe that a maximum safe daily dose is 1.5 grams per day. They do know that 5 grams is toxic. It should not be used by those with a blood clotting disorder or by pregnant women.
The benefits of this spice include: helping with mild or moderate depression, treating age-related macular degeneration, and treating cancer. It also has anti-inflammatory and antinociceptive properties (it blocks pain sensitivity).
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