Saffron extract 0.3% | Crocus sativus

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Saffron (Crocus sativus) is known primarily as a spice, but it also has many health-promoting properties. By modulating the neurotransmitter balance it supports a good mood as well as the overall functioning of the brain. It is also a recommended solution for people who want to lose weight because it can effectively reduce appetite.

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Saffron extract 0.3% | Crocus sativus

Properties: The list of saffron’s traditional uses is very wide. Many of them have been confirmed in scientific research. There have also been reports of completely new possibilities of supplementing with saffron. Its ability to regulate the metabolism of serotonin and dopamine results not only in a noticeable improvement in mood, but also in a decrease of appetite. Serotonin is responsible for  the feeling of satiety. Thus, it limits the amount of food consumed, and also reduces the need for unhealthy snacking between meals. The tradition of consuming saffron to improve cognitive abilities also turned out to be rooted in the neurotransmitter’s balance – specifically acetylcholine, the availability of which is increased by saffron intake. The health-promoting properties of C. sativus are not limited to the central nervous system. Clinical studies have confirmed its positive effect on immunity, anti-inflammatory effects, as well as the ability to lower cholesterol and regulate blood pressure. Also, the mythical properties of saffron as an aphrodisiac turned out to be scientifically founded, as it affects the balance of sex hormones.

Saffron extract shows strong antioxidant effects due to the content of many unique ingredients. By reducing the influence of free oxygen radicals, it slows down the photoaging processes of the skin while brightening its discoloration and improving color. In addition, it increases the level of hydration, effectively reducing moisture loss. As a result, the skin simply looks better. Cosmetics containing saffron extract are especially recommended in anti-aging skin care.

Occurrence: Crocus sativus is a perennial plant from the Iridaceae family. It probably comes from Asia Minor or from Southeast Europe. It has been known to mankind for over 3000 years. It was mentioned in the ancient Egyptian Ebers Papyrus about medicine (dated around 1555 BC), and even in the Bible (in the Song of Songs). In ancient Egypt, Persia and Assyria, it was a highly valued aphrodisiac, so strong that it was only recommended for young men. Some people believed that it is extremely effective in stimulating the female libido too. In medieval Europe, it was used to treat various diseases: scarlet fever, smallpox, asthma, cancer, respiratory infections, menstrual disorders, infantile colic and arthritis.

Biochemistry: Saffron contains numerous biologically active compounds. These include crocin and crocetin – substances from the group of carotenoids – and safranal, safranol, picrocrocin, zeaxanthin, lycopene, and kaempferol. It is also a source of minerals: magnesium, manganese, calcium, zinc, iron and potassium as well as vitamins C, B2, B3, B6 and B9.

Fun fact: Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world. It requires manual harvesting since only the flower’s female parts – pistils – can be used. Just 1 kilogram of saffron can cost up to 3000 EUR. To get this amount, pistils from 150-250 thousand flowers must be collected. They would cover the area of 3-5 football fields.

How does Saffron extract 0.3% | Crocus sativus work?

Supports good mood: The results of numerous scientific studies have shown that the active compounds contained in saffron modulate the activity of neurotransmitters that affect a good mood. Those compounds inhibit the reuptake of dopamine and serotonin, and because of that those neurotransmitters can remain in the synapse longer. They also increase the concentration of serotonin receptors in neurons, and that is why activity of the “happiness hormone” in the brain is better. Moreover, substances found in saffron stimulate GABA receptors, just like their natural ligand. Due to these mechanisms, saffron effectively improves and stabilizes the mood.

Helps to reduce weight: Both studies using an animal model and clinical tests have shown that saffron supplementation is effective in losing extra pounds. The plant’s ability to increase the activity of serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is involved in the control of appetite, is of great importance. In one of the studies, participants taking saffron but not following any special diet saw a 55% reduction in snacking, as well as a significant reduction in hunger and a marked reduction of body weight.

Supports the nervous system: Traditionally, the consumption of saffron has been recommended for people with cognitive function decline. The results of research have confirmed the legitimacy of such recommendations. The active compounds contained in this spice inhibit the activity of the enzyme that breaks down acetylcholine – a neurotransmitter that is crucial for the physiological functioning of memory. The increase in acetylcholine levels has a positive effect on cognitive abilities, especially in terms of remembering and recalling information.

Improves overall health: It has been proven in clinical trials that saffron stimulates the immune system. Its supplementation may contribute to the increase in the number of white blood cells, including macrophages, whose task is to neutralize pathogenic microorganisms. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect, and thus limits the uncontrolled spread of inflammation. In addition, this plant has a positive effect on the circulatory system: it helps to regulate blood pressure and reduces cholesterol levels, which supports the prevention of atherosclerosis. It has also been proven that saffron supports the metabolism of sex hormones – testosterone and estrogen – which contributes to the improvement of libido in both men and women.

Saffron extract 0.3% | Crocus sativus product specification

 

TYPE OF PRODUCT:
  • powdered raw ingredient
STANDARDIZATION:
  • extract from the flowers of Crocus sativus (>0,3% safranal)
MEASURING:
  • steel measuring tool 0.10 ml ~ 50 mg
PACKAGING:
  • airtight ALU-PET bag
INTENDED USE:
  • nutrition, neuroregulation, herbal medicine
LEGAL STATUS:
  • ingredient admitted to trading in the EU and the US

How to use Saffron extract 0.3% | Crocus sativus?

 

RECOMMENDED SERVING:
  • 30 – 60 mg
SERVINGS PER DAY:
  • 1 – 2
BEST ABSORPTION:
  • with food
WHEN TO USE:
  • during the day / before bedtime
OPTIMAL CYCLE DURATION:
  • 6 weeks of using – 2 weeks of break

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