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Another application of saffron confirmed?
Saffron is an exotic spice and at the same time a versatile remedy. Saffron has been used in the Orient against a wide range of health problems since ancient times. For some years now, its sphere of activity, which was previously based on observation and tradition, has now been scientifically investigated and has already been proven in many points.
So far, hoarseness, asthma, inflammation, psychosis, depression, anxiety and anxiety disorders, weakness of the libido, period pain, wound healing and defense against microbes have been areas of application for saffron. Now a research team may have scientifically confirmed another possible application.
Study examines effects of saffron on rheumatoid arthritis
In a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind study, researchers from the Iran University of Medical Sciences examined how saffron affects rheumatoid arthritis patients. 66 women over the age of 18 participated, 61 stayed with the study. 31 of them received a dose of saffron every day, 30 women in the control group were given a placebo instead.
What is the result of the study?
The study, recently published in the Phytotherapy Research magazine, found that taking saffron significantly reduced the number of sensitive, swollen joints. The pain intensity also decreased significantly compared to the placebo group. Various blood tests, which show the extent of the disease, were also more favorable in the saffron group.
"According to the results, saffron additives could clearly and significantly improve the clinical results in patients with rheumatoid arthritis," says the study. However, since the number of participants was relatively small, further studies with a larger number of those affected would be desirable.
Does saffron have side effects?
There were no side effects in the present study. You don't have to worry about the quantities normally used for baking and seasoning.
Only with a large amount ingested can saffron pose a health hazard. The information center against poisoning names as possible consequences "severe poisoning with vomiting diarrhea, colic, bleeding from the skin and mucous membranes, dizziness, delirium, seizures and collapse"; Pregnant women are at risk of miscarriage.
It is best to discuss with your family doctor whether saffron is useful and suitable as a nutritional supplement for the supportive treatment of health complaints in individual cases.
What is rheumatoid arthritis?
Rheumatoid arthritis manifests itself through mostly painful inflammations in several joints. It affects an average of one in a hundred people and usually occurs after the age of 50. Women are affected more often than men.
The causes are not yet known exactly. However, an excessive immune system probably plays a major role: in rheumatoid arthritis, the immune system attacks its own tissue, which leads to joint inflammation.
In addition to the joints, the entire body is often affected. The disease can not only lead to joint wear, but also to other organs such as the eyes, nerves, lungs or blood vessels.
For more information on symptoms, diagnosis and treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, please contact the German Rheumatism League.
Would you like to learn more about saffron?
Many other interesting information about the saffron plant (Crocus sativus) and their various uses as a spice and remedy can be found in our article "Saffron - Effect, Application and Dosage". (kh)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the requirements of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Magistra Artium (M.A.) Katja Helbig
- Hamidi, Zahra, Aryaeian, Naheed, Abolghasemi, Jamileh et al .: The effect of saffron supplement on clinical outcomes and metabolic profiles in patients with active rheumatoid arthritis: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial; in: Phytotherapy Research (published February 11, 2020), Wiley
- German Rheumatism League: Rheumatoid Arthritis (accessed on February 12, 2020), German Rheumatism League
- Information center against poisoning: crocus species. Spring crocus (Crocus albiflorus), saffron crocus (Crocus sativus); (Accessed on February 12, 2020), Information Center against Poisoning