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If you have followed me for a bit you’ve surely seen me mention ginger, and the combo of turmeric and black pepper. These potent spices are go-tos in my meals for their antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. But numerous herbs and spices are known to offer performance-enhancing benefits. Saffron is another special favorite. This spice is derived from the hand picked stigma of the saffron crocus, and each flower produces just three. Roughly 225, 000 stigmas are needed to make one pound of saffron, which is one reason it’s one of the most expensive spices in the world. Based on the research to date, this prized spice holds promise for a number of health benefits. In one randomized, controlled study, researchers looked at the effects of saffron on delayed-onset muscle soreness (DOMS) after strength training compared to a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID), or control. Saffron reduced DOMS more than the NSAID, while the control group experienced more significant muscle pain. In addition, muscle strength dropped by 20% in the control group, and remained unchanged among the NSAID takers, but increased by an impressive 64% in the saffron group. Other studies have linked saffron to brain protection, cancer and heart disease prevention, a reduction in symptoms of depression and anxiety, improvements in erectile dysfunction and menstrual discomfort, and potentially obesity prevention and management. The spice also provides small amounts of nutrients, including manganese, vitamin C, magnesium, iron, potassium, and B6. In cooking a small amount of saffron goes a long way. Saffron threads can be added to nearly any dish, whole or crushed, including tea, vegetables, seafood, soups, whole grains, or desserts. To avoid imitation or inferior quality saffron, shop for it at specialty spice stores, where it should be stored carefully and away from light and air to best preserve its potency. A note of caution: don’t use saffron if you’re pregnant, and talk to your personal registered dietitian nutritionist before using it in supplement form. Are you a fan of saffron? If so how do you use it? order saffron now! For more info visit us at
  • 2018-07-11T22:57:18

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