During the aging process the whole organism is starting to deteriorate. That is why during this process we tend to get ill and acquire many illnesses that worry us a lot. For that purpose the natural medicine nowadays has become a great substitute to the traditional medicine and it is providing us with many ideas on could happen to your body in the future.
One of the senses that is largely affected during the aging process is surely your vision. At this point you need to know that your eyes are the most important organs in your body because they receive around 90% of the information from the real world. Namely they help you learn many things from your surroundings and also they help you defend yourself if there is a need.
If you don’t address the root of the problem your vision will only get deteriorate further. Luckily, there’s a natural ingredient which can improve your vision – saffron.
Saffron might save your eyesight
Saffron is a spice that contains the antioxidant carotenoids crocin and crocetin among other ingredients, with strong antioxidative, cellular and neuro-protective properties. Crocin from saffron has antioxidant activity stronger than alpha-tocopherol, and can prevent the formation of peroxidized lipids, and can partly restore superoxide dismutase (SOD) activity.
The health benefits of saffron are shown to be due to these two carotenoids.
A recent clinical study has shown that taking oral supplementation of saffron (20 mg per day) for three months in patients with early stage age-related macular degeneration (AMD) or ARMD) induced a significant improvement of retinal function and visual acuity.
According to Professor Silvia Bisti who carried out the research in patients with age-related macular degeneration, “Patients’ vision improved after taking the saffron pill”. This has created a hope that saffron may be the natural answer to stop or delay vision loss from macular degeneration.
“Saffron appears to affect genes that regulate the fatty-acid content of the cell membrane, and this makes the vision cells tougher and more resilient,” said Professor Silvia Bisti, lead researcher of the study.
How much saffron is recommended? Can we get it in our diet or is supplementation necessary?
For the eye health benefits, one needs to take 20 mg of high quality saffron per day. Yes one can take similar amount of saffron spice that is added to the food or prepared as a tea.