Saffron (Crocus Savitus) is a very special and expensive spice, which is used in Spanish, Italian, Arab, Persian and Indian cuisines. It originates from Southwest Asia. It is said that a high-quality saffron costs more than gold! This herb is used not only as a spice, but also as a fabric coloring, as an ingredient for luxury perfumes, as well as a valuable herbal remedy. Recently, the scientists have found out a new therapeutic property of saffron. It turned out that this herb can help to prevent loss of eyesight (including the one caused by age-related muscular degeneration) and also prevent some certain eye diseases (such as blinding eye, etc.).

A study leaded by Professor Silvia Bisti of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Vision Science at University of L’Aquila, Italy, has found scientific evidence of the fact that saffron has very strong effects on the gene that controls the formation and normal performance of our eye vision cells, as well as can protect those cells from possible damage. That is why the scientists came up with the idea that using special dietary supplements with saffron extracts can assist in preventing loss of eyesight, especially in aged people.

During an experiment in the framework of this study, the specialists observed how saffron protected the eyes of the mice exposed to very bright light. Another experiment carried out by this group of Italian specialists resulted in proving that saffron has properties to change the course and possibly even reverse some genetic diseases of the eye. “Saffron is not simply an anti-oxidant. It seems to possess a number of other properties which are protective to vision,” Prof. Bisti commented on the results of her recent scientific work. It is also very important that, according to Professor Bisti, saffron can be used by almost everyone since it is a very safe and harmless herbal remedy.

I have to add that saffron is actually an effective natural treatment for many diseases and ailments. It can relieve various pains, improve our digestive system and even help to get rid of depression. In addition, saffron can ease PMS symptoms, such as fatigue, boating, cramps, etc. Every three of four women, who participated in the research and were given saffron capsules, reported about a 50% reduction of their PMS symptoms. Finally, this miraculous herbal remedy stimulates serotonin production in our brain. Therefore, use saffron regularly, and live a happier life!

Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.

4 Responses to “Saffron Can Prevent Loss of Eyesight”

  1. jaynNo Gravatar Says:

    My father wants to know how to take saffron to retard the deterioration of his eyesight. He is 81 and has recently had cataracts removed and his one retina reattached. His eyesight is worsening quite rapidly and he is very stressed about it.
    Many thanks Jayn.

  2. Carla FiscinaNo Gravatar Says:

    Dear Jayn,

    I guess, it is just a brand new development of modern medicine, which will be available for everyone in a short while. However, your father should consult a specialist before taking it.

    Wishing good health to your dad!


  3. Oscar RivasNo Gravatar Says:

    Hello Carla
    I have read about saffron and its many uses but very little is said about its preparation in terms of amounts or ratios when prepared as tea, in foods, etc. Do you know where we can find such information?


  4. Carla FiscinaNo Gravatar Says:

    Hi Oscar, many thanks for visiting my site. Actually, there are lots of materials and recommendations online about how to use saffron for various meals, and how to prepare saffron tea as well. Generally, you can try using 1 teaspoon of dry saffron and 3-4 tablespoons of green or black tea for 6-8 cups of boiling water 🙂