Saffron tea for eyesight. || केसर की चाय चश्मा दूर भगाये
Saffron can protect sight
The spice can protect against common forms of blindness
Scientists have discovered that saffron, the spice which is commonly used in Spanish, Italian and Indian cuisine, can protect against some of the most common forms of blindness.
The study revealed that eatingsaffron– which can cost as much as gold – regularly helped to make the delicate cells in theeyeneeded forvisionmore resilient against disease.
The researchers also foundsaffronhad a beneficial effect in humans suffering from age-related macular degeneration, the most common form ofblindnessin old age. Macular degeneration affects more than 500,000 people in the UK and around 2% of people aged over 50 years old suffer from the disease, which is caused by the gradual damage to cells on theretinaat the back of theeye.
The scientists, who are based at the University of L’Aquila, in Italy, and Sydney University, in Australia, are now conducting a clinical trial on human patients with age-related macular degeneration.
Saffronhas been used in cooking for thousands of years and is a key ingredient in dishes such as paella, risotto and pilau rice. Thespiceis produced from the dried stigmas – the part of the plant where pollen grains germinate – of the lilac-coloured flower, Crocus sativus.
Each flower contains three threadlike deep red stigmas that give food arich yellow colourand subtle flavour. High qualitysaffroncan cost up to £500 for just one pound of the spice, but historically it has cost more than its weight in gold and was the source of lucrativespice trading.
Professor Silvia Bisti, who led the research from the University of L’Aquila, said: ‘Saffronseems to possess a number of properties that are protective to vision. We are now trying to understand the mechanism, but it appears to block cell death.
Video: Saffron Increases Vision by Up to 97% which Can Help Reverse Age-Related Vision Loss
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