As we age, our bodies begin to deteriorate and we lose some basic functions while also becoming more prone to diseases. Our eyesight provides us with 90 percent of the information we get, which helps us learn more about the world and avoid possible obstructions. Unfortunately, this sense is the first that gets affected by the aging process.
Science and technology have developed considerably in the last few decades, especially in the field of eyesight. We can use glasses and contact lenses to improve our vision, but they actually cheat the eye and never resolve the problem.
Luckily for you, there is an alternative solution for this problem – Saffron. Saffron is a culinary spice derived from parts of the crocus (Crocus sativus) flower.
Natural sunglasses for the eyes
Up to 11 million people in the United States have at least some degree of age-related macular degeneration. This condition occurs in response to prolonged exposure of the eye to visible and ultraviolet light, as well as chemical stresses.
As macular degeneration progresses, victims lose their central vision and become less able to see what they are trying to focus on. Consequently, the ability to read, drive, do intricate work, and perform many other daily tasks can become impaired.
However, newly published scientific studies demonstrate Saffron’s ability to improve visual acuity and to improve the sensitivity of the retina to light in people with early macular degeneration.
Saffron protects and prevents the breakdown of light-sensitive cells in the center of the retina. This addresses the root cause of age-related macular degeneration and improves light sensitivity, a major manifestation of the disease.
In another study, patients with early age-related macular degeneration were randomly assigned to receive either 20 milligrams per day of saffron or a placebo. Results showed that patients who received saffron supplement had stronger electrical responses to light overall and a better response to dim light. No such changes were apparent during the placebo phase.
In the second observation of this study, after three months of supplementation, subjects who took saffron had a significant increase in the sharpness of vision at a distance. What’s even more impressive, longer supplementation with saffron produced further vision improvement.
How much Saffron recommended?
According to medical experts, you should take 20 milligrams of high-quality saffron supplement daily. Also, you can take a similar amount of saffron prepared as a tea. Here’s how to make your own tea:
A cup of water
1 gram of saffron
Bring the water to a boil, then add the saffron and sweeten the tea with some raw, organic honey if you like. You should drink the cup of saffron tea every night before going to bed.