Know your ingredients: Saffron

Saffron is one of the most expensive spices in the world by weight, due to the labor-intensive process of harvesting the delicate stigma from the Crocus Sativus flower. It takes around 75,000 saffron blossoms to produce one pound of saffron threads
Saffron has been traditionally used as a natural mood enhancer and antidepressant. It contains compounds that may help boost serotonin levels in the brain, promoting feelings of happiness
The spice is rich in antioxidants, such as crocin and crocetin, which help protect cells against oxidative stress and damage caused by free radicals, reducing inflammation and protecting against chronic diseases
Saffron has been studied for its potential benefits in promoting eye health. As compounds like crocin may help protect against age-related macular degeneration (AMD), reduce the risk of cataracts, and improve vision
Preliminary studies suggest that saffron may possess anti-cancer properties. Its active components, including crocin and safranal, show promising effects in inhibiting the growth of cancer cells and inducing apoptosis (programmed cell death) in various types of cancer