Saffron: The Future Treatment for Depression and Alzheimer’s Disease
This spice, renowned around the world for its rich colour, sensual aroma and delicious taste also has innumerable medicinal properties and represents a natural treatment free of secondary effects.
Its name derives from the Persian Zarparan, where Zer means “gold” and par “feather”. And while it alludes to the stigmas of the Crocus Sativus flower, from where the saffron comes, it also evokes the millenary tradition that has challenged modern harvesting methods. The high cost of the spice is explained by its rareness –– each flower produces only three stigmas, so that more than 250,000 flowers are required to produce a single kilogram of saffron.
Its delicate flavour reflects the almost ceremonial manner in which each flower is carefully handpicked, in order not to loose the 150 volatile and aromatic compounds it carries. However, the uses of saffron are not limited to fine or traditional cuisine. Its medicinal use represents an ancestral tradition which has been studied and employed in modern medicine. A series of recent studies have showed that saffron has properties that help people overcome anxiety, inflammation, depression, hypertension, cardiac and breathing issues, as well as being an excellent alternative treatment for opiate withdrawal, among many others.
Scientific studies have proved that flower petals can be used to treat moderate depressions with the same efficiency as Prozac. However, for the moment it seems that the flower’s ability to halt the progression of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s is its most promising aspect. Since the flower can be employed as a natural treatment without side effects (the violent vomit of the modern treatment), it appears to be the safest and best alternative to replace the current method in moderate cases of this disease.
It would seem that the Greek goddess of the Isle of Thera, who watched over the crops of this beautiful flower, was also guarding a pharmacologic treasure.
7 Recommendations for Organizing Your Library
For the true bibliophile, few things are more important than finding a book from within your library.
Red tea, the best antioxidant beverage on earth
Red tea is considered to be the most unusual of teas because it implies a consistently different preparation process. ––It is believed that its finding came upon surprisingly when traditional green
A brief and fascinating tour of the world's sands
To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower, Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hour. - William Blake What are we standing on? The ground beneath our feet
Strengthen your memory with rosemary oil
For thousands of years rosemary oil has been traditionally admired and used due to its many properties. In the Roman culture, for example, it was used for several purposes, among them cleansing, as
Literature as a Tool to Build Realities
Alain de Botton argues that great writers are like lenses through which we can see an infinite array of possibilities.
Mandelbrot and Fractals: Different Ways of Perceiving Space
Mathematics has always placed a greater emphasis on algebra, a “purer” version of itself, one that is more rational at least. Perhaps like in philosophy, the use of a large number knotted concepts in
Luis Buñuel’s Perfect Dry Martini
The drums of Calanda accompanied Luis Buñuel throughout his life. In his invaluable memoirs, published under the Buñuel-esque title, My Last Sigh, an entire chapter is dedicated to describing a
A Brief Manual of Skepticism, Courtesy of Carl Sagan
Whether or not you’re dedicated to science, these tips to identify fallacies apply to any form of rigorous thinking.
How to Evolve from Sadness
Rainer Maria Rilke explored the possible transformations that sadness can trigger in human beings.
Alan Watts, A Discreet And Charming Philosopher Of The Spirit
British thinker Alan Watts was one of the most accessible and entertaining Western interpreters of Oriental philosophy there have been.