What Is Kesar?
Kesar is harvested from the Crocus sativus flower. It is believed to have originated in Iran or Greece. It’s cultivated in North India but 90% of it is produced in Iran. Saffron is used in cooking as well as an Ayurvedic medicine for several health problems. Kasar is known as Kuṅkumappū in Tamil and Kuṅkuma in Telugu.
- May reduce risk of heart disease: Studies have shown the antioxidants in Saffron may lower blood cholesterol levels to improve heart health..
- Promotes weight loss: Saffron can help reduce cravings and appetite while supporting weight loss.
- May fight cancer: Saffron may kill cancer cells as well as suppress their growth. Studies have shown crocin in Saffron to be the reason for this benefit.
- Improves eyesight in adults: Kesar can help adults with age-related macular degeneration (AMD) improve their eyesight.
- Lowers blood sugar levels: Kesar improves insulin sensitivity which can lower blood sugar levels.
- Combats depression: Kesar can improve your mood and combat mild-to-moderate depression.
- Improves skin health: Kesar enhances your complexion by slowing collagen deterioration while protecting the skin from free radicals by using its antioxidants.
- Potent antioxidant: Saffron contains antioxidants like crocin, safranal, crocetin, and kaempforol. These combat free radical damage and support the other benefits of Saffron.
- Improves immunity: Saffron boosts your immune system with its many antioxidants, protecting you from colds and fevers.
- May heal burn wounds: Saffron salve applied on burn wounds may help speed up the healing process because of its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
- Combats baldness: Saffron may help combat baldness by promoting hair growth if used topically as a paste.
- Improves memory: Kesar is shown to help Alzheimer’s patients improve their memory and cognitive function.
- Combats insomnia: Saffron can help improve your sleep quality by increasing non-REM sleep.
- Reduces PMS symptoms: Kesar has helped many women combat PMS symptoms like irritability, cravings, headaches, and pain.