Brain fog, stress, forgetfulness, lower productivity, and less motivation - unless you’re a superhero or alien, chances are you’ve experienced a lot of these things recently (along with the other 7.8 billion of us of course). A few months ago, we wrote this blog on the powerful effects of saffron on depression and anxiety. Many of those health benefits come from saffron’s positive effects on the brain. From memory support to fighting diseases like Alzheimer’s, we’re so blown away by all that saffron can do! 

1. Saffron combats neurodegenerative diseases. Multiple clinical studies have shown that saffron (through its compounds crocin and crocetin) fights many neurodegenerative diseases and conditions like Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, schizophrenia, and stroke. Anyone who has had loved ones experience these disorders knows how much they impair quality of life, but with the research we have in the modern age we can protect our brain cells with saffron!

2. Saffron improves our quality of sleep. Saffron helps you to fall asleep faster and get deeper, better quality sleep. Improved sleep will leave you feeling energized and refreshed in the mornings, allowing for better cognitive function throughout the day and an overall higher quality of life. Especially these days, where the worries of the world may keep us up at night, a cup of saffron tea to calm the nerves sounds like a great idea! 


3. Saffron helps with cognitive function. Do you ever struggle with concentration when doing research or learning? Consuming saffron has a beneficial impact on learning, concentration, memory, and age related mental impairment. A cup of saffron tea will be a great compliment to a study day!

4. Saffron helps your memory. Have you had frequent memory lapses, especially since last year? Saffron has been shown to have an astounding impact on improving memory and learning. Especially with those who suffer from mild to moderate Alzhiemer’s disease, saffron helps improve cognitive function. Say goodbye to forgetful moments! 

5. Saffron is a mood booster. Stress can significantly impair our cognitive function, but saffron is an all-natural mood booster. When you consume saffron, it changes the levels of neurotransmitters such as dopamine, norepinephrine, and serotonin in the brain aka helps keep your mood balanced. So feel free to sip away towards a good mood!

Cognitive function is an important part of our lives. Especially in our hyperproductive Western society where we place so much of our value and identity on productivity, it’s easy to feel discouraged this year at how much less we’re capable of doing, or how the same tasks we used to do feel more difficult. If you haven’t heard this in a while, we’ll say it again: you’re doing just great, and don’t be too hard on yourself. Take a moment to brew yourself a cup of tea, breathe deep, slow down, and relax. It takes courage to slow down and make time for your health, and that’s why we’re here for you #teaforthebrave

Sources:
https://biointerfaceresearch.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/20695837111.74687492.pdf
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4599112/
https://core.ac.uk/download/pdf/207824111.pdf
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5361500/
https://nutraceuticalbusinessreview.com/news/article_page/Better_sleep_with_saffron/162921
https://brainmd.com/blog/4-surprising-health-benefits-of-saffron/
https://www.hindawi.com/journals/ecam/2015/926284/
https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/hup.2434

 

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