Infertility is a common problem in the world for both women and men who wish to have children. It is a mysterious heath issue and the causes are not always clear. Many treatments are designed to solve the problem but not all of them result in success.
A natural approach toward prevention and treatment has been on the rise thanks to traditional medicines that are having a comeback. The alternative approach is focused on natural healing properties of plants to treat diseases. Saffron is a prominent component of this approach.
Saffron may be the most expensive spice in the world known for inducing a beautiful golden yellow color, exotic aroma and unique bitter taste in delicious meals and hot drinks. But it is also packed with phytochemicals that are able to prevent and heal diseases. Traditional medicines around the globe have been relying on its potent properties but modern medicine in recent years has been researching them and the results are promising.
In this article, we will review some of the scientific studies on Saffron for solving the mystery of infertility so you become aware of another health benefit of Saffron.
This study was conducted to determine Saffron effect on semen analysis in men with idiopathic infertility.
52 nonsmoker infertile men that have unsuccessfully tried other methods to solve their infertility problem were enrolled. They were administered 50 mg of Saffron for 3 month. It was mixed with milk taken 3 times a week. The results of semen analysis of before and after study were compared.
The study concluded that Saffron has positively impacted sperm morphology and motility in infertile men without increasing sperm count. It is believed that antioxidant property of Saffron was the influential factor but larger studies are needed.
This study was conducted to evaluate the effect of Saffron on selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI)–induced sexual dysfunction.
It was a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial that 34 women with average age of 35.35 participated who had major depression and self reported sexual dysfunction. They were randomly divided in 2 groups with Saffron group receiving 30mg Saffron per day for 4 weeks while the other group received placebo. The results were compared based on baseline, week 2 and week 4 measurements. The Female Sexual Function Index was used to assess the results which had 19 questions based on participant report.
The study revealed that women in Saffron group had experienced higher improvements in their total Female Sexual Function Index score compared to the placebo control group. Considering that the baseline data were similar between the 2 groups, the improvement observed in the Saffron group may be due to the aphrodisiac effect of Saffron.
Saffron has strong antidepressant effect that is a double advantage to its aphrodisiac effect and makes it a potential adjunct to SSRIs in treatment of depression but larger scale studies are needed.
More than 20 controlled and uncontrolled studies have been published in the last 3 decades to examine the potential effect of Saffron in prevention and treatment of several diseases in humans. Six of these studies have focused on sexual dysfunction. One of them even tested Saffron on men with self-reported erectile dysfunction and the results revealed that it causes significant improvements. It is clear that Saffron may enhance sexual function in both men and women with major depression who are experiencing fluoxetine-induced sexual dysfunction.
Saffron was always recommended to people who had infertility problem without them knowing the underlying mechanism. The consistency of the results kept the tradition alive. Now modern science is explaining the detailed mechanism that causes this effect and that is heartwarming for people with infertility problem.
Persian Saffron is a mystery itself, capable of solving the mystery of infertility. Its genetic composition is unique compared to other products in the market. It is packed with anti-oxidants, anti-depressant and aphrodisiac compounds that provide treatments for diseases and healing for people.
Its healing properties are due to presence of 3 major chemicals that also cause the unique color, flavor and aroma. They are Crocins, Picrocrocin and Safranal respectively that have potent power to influence human health. They cause shifts in natural chemistry and metabolism that is in favor of natural healing. Saffron as a plant extract allows the body to naturally process any disorder and allows the healing mechanism to unfold. It is a healthy intervention that slightly shifts the chemical composition of the body to facilitate healing. It increases temperature and fights free radicals to eliminate oxidative stress and inflammation. It also calms the body and mind while making the heart happy.
Saffron is cultivated mainly in north east of Iran where soil quality and weather conditions are the most appropriate for this plant. It has a labor intensive process where several months are spent on taking care of the bulbs to grow. The purple blooms only appear in a 1-month window in the fall. They should be picked with hand early morning before sunrise because the flower is delicate and sensitive to sun rays and will be ruined if touched with strong sunlight of the warm lands. The 3 scarlet stigmas which are the female reproductive system of the flower (!) are plucked carefully and dried delicately so no harm is done to their composition. They are then packed and exported.
Iranian Saffron is beyond ordinary, a gift of nature that grows in dry lands but travels to every corner of our beautiful planet to heal people of all colors.