Saffron popularly known as ‘Kesar’, one of the most expensive spices, is loaded with anti-oxidants and cartenoids and offers wide range of health benefits. Researchers have shown that it can improve symptoms of depression, reduce pain during menstrual cycle and may improve symptoms of PMS. But seems like this spice can offer more than that owing to its medicinal characteristics because scientists had recently discovered that saffron can also protect your eyes against some of the most common forms of blindness. It has high concentration of natural carotenoids, crocin, crocetin, picrocrocin and flavnoids that help to protect the lens and retina of aging eyes.
Macula, the central part of the our visual field located at the center of the retina, is rich in light sensing cells. Although macular degeneration is the main cause of blindness but it may not cause any vision problems in the beginning but gradually the macula begins to damage, causing irreversible blindness. You will not have to worry about macular degeneration if you use saffron. Yes, if the claims of the researchers are to be believed, saffron has beneficial effects in human suffering from age-related macular degeneration.
Saffron not only helps restore the function but also the structure of retinal cells that are damaged due to age-related macular degeneration and oxidative stress.
Here is how to use saffron to improve and protect your eyesight
All you need to do is add 7-8 saffron strands to a cup of boiling water. Cover the cup for 10 minutes and then drink it. Regular consumption of saffron water either in the morning or evening can help you preserve your eye health.
You can also have it in your tea. Just add a few strands of saffron to the boiling milk and add sugar. Sip on this regularly to reap the benefits.
You can also consume saffron by mixing the strands in your favorite salad.
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