Saffron Super Negin
Saffron is known as “red gold” with many good uses for human health and beauty, so saffron is often sold at a very high price. So how can you know what is quality saffron and where to buy it? Please refer to the article below to be able to choose for yourself the best quality saffron product.
1. WHAT IS SAFFRON?
Saffron is a spice made from the flowers of the Crocus sativus plant, sometimes called “saffron”, or “autumn saffron” that grows mainly in the Mediterranean region.
The saffron plant reaches a height of 20–30 cm (8–12 in) and produces up to four flowers with three bright red stigmas per flower.
Saffron flowers only bloom for a few weeks each year, and it takes about 75,000 flowers to make just one pound of saffron fiber.
This makes saffron the world’s most expensive spice by weight. Due to the laborious method of harvesting stigmas, it is one of the most expensive spices in the world.
2. HOW TO DISTINGUISH FAKE REAL SAFFRON
Due to the high price of saffron, counterfeit saffron is now marketed a lot. To cut costs, some unscrupulous producers will mix small amounts of real saffron with fillers such as safflower, a plant often grown for cooking oil, or corn silk fibers dyed red with food coloring.
So, how can you tell the real saffron fake?
- Test with cold water
This is the most common way to test the purity of saffron. Prepare a glass bowl filled with cold water. Take some strands of saffron and place them on top of the water. After 10-15 minutes, saffron slowly secretes a yellow color, and the water turns completely yellow. If so, you can be sure that your saffron is pure. Both real saffron and fake saffron produce some color in water, but fake saffron immediately produces a lot of dark red and the fibers turn white after a short time.
- Use of baking soda
Another way is to mix and dissolve a small amount of baking soda into a little water. After you add saffron, the mixture will gradually turn yellow, indicating that the saffron is pure. If it turns crimson or slightly orange, then your saffron is fake.
- Check by smell
Pure saffron has no sweet taste but must have a sweet smell. If your saffron tastes sweet, then you already have fake saffron. Pure saffron should have a bitter taste.
- Rub saffron with your fingers
Rub a few strands of saffron with your fingers after placing them in cold water. Fake saffron will break off and turn into dust as soon as you rub them. In addition, you can easily rub them between your fingers and check if it leaves orange or yellowish in color. This shows that your product is completely pure.
- Paper Inspection
There is also another simple way to check whether saffron levels are real or fake. Some profiteers add oil to increase overall weight and make them look sleeker than they actually are. To know that your saffron does not contain oil, you can rub the saffron between several sheets of paper. If it is oil, there will definitely be some oil on the paper, proving that the product you buy is fake.
- Visual inspection
Real saffron differs from fakes, even in appearance. Real saffron fibers are trumpet-shaped. This means that if the strands of saffron don’t swell at one end, then your saffron isn’t real and pure.
- Kiểm tra bằng xăng hoặc dầu
Cách này thú vị hơn một chút. Để xác định saffron thật hay giả, bạn có thể sử dụng một ít xăng. Saffron không thể hòa tan trong xăng và dầu. Do đó, nếu bạn thêm một ít nghệ tây vào xăng và nó có màu, thì bạn có thể chắc chắn rằng nghệ tây của bạn là giả.
3. TÁC DỤNG CỦA SAFFRON ĐỐI VỚI SỨC KHỎE NGƯỜI SỬ DỤNG
3.1 Chất chống oxy hóa mạnh mẽ
Saffron chứa một loạt các thành phần thực vật đáng chú ý. Những chất này có chức năng như chất chống oxy hóa, là những chất bảo vệ tế bào của bạn khỏi stress oxy hóa và tổn thương gốc tự do.
Trong số các chất chống oxy hóa đáng chú ý trong nghệ tây là crocin, crocetin, safranal, kaempferol.
- Crocin và Crocetin
Các sắc tố caroten crocin và crocetin chịu trách nhiệm tạo cho saffron có màu đỏ. Cả hai chất có thể có tác dụng chống trầm cảm, ngăn ngừa tổn thương não ngày càng tăng, làm trầm trọng thêm chứng viêm, giảm cảm giác đói và thúc đẩy giảm cân.
Tiếp theo, safranal chịu trách nhiệm về hương vị và nước hoa của nghệ tây. Theo nghiên cứu, nó có thể cải thiện tâm trạng, trí nhớ và khả năng học tập của bạn và bảo vệ các tế bào não của bạn khỏi stress do oxy hóa.
Và cuối cùng, saffron có chứa kaempferol. Nó làm giảm viêm, có tác dụng chống ung thư và hoạt động chống trầm cảm.
3.2 Có thể điều trị các triệu chứng trầm cảm
People are now experiencing many physical and mental problems due to rushed lifestyles and increased stress. Physical disorders can be treated medically quickly, but finding treatments for mental illnesses can take some time.
Saffron is believed to be one of the active ingredients used to produce antidepressants. Studies show that the stigmas of the saffron plant contain some miraculous antidepressant qualities.
To properly stimulate neurochemicals including serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine, saffron contains two components: crocin and safranal. These ingredients, often found in common psychiatric medications, can effectively treat mild to moderate depression.
3.3 Helps relieve PMS symptoms
Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a term that describes a series of physical and mental symptoms that appear before menstruation.
However, the benefits of saffron may help relieve PMS symptoms. Taking 30 mg of saffron daily for women aged 20 to 45 can help relieve PMS symptoms such as irritability, headaches, appetite, and abdominal pain.
3.4 Enhanced libido
This tiny plant extract possesses extraordinary aphrodisiac abilities that saffron enhances sexual vigor in both men and women naturally.
Saffron is a superfood because it increases stamina and immunity. It enhances libido in both men and women.
Moreover, saffron is an effective infertility treatment. Couples suffering from infertility take saffron to increase their chances of conceiving.
3.5 Reduces appetite and aids weight loss
Besides the health benefits of saffron, saffron’s fiber helps prolong your satiety. As a result, people who take saffron supplements report feeling a lot fuller. Fiber also reduces feelings of hunger and prevents unhealthy eating. As a result, it helps you lose weight and prevent binge eating.
3.6 May have anti-cancer properties
Antioxidants present in saffron are believed to help kill cancer cells while protecting healthy cells. Studies have shown that saffron and its components have the ability to selectively kill or slow the growth of colon cancer cells while protecting healthy ones. This in turn sets off its anti-cancer effects on prostate, lung, breast and skin cancers.
Crocin, the main antioxidant in saffron, also has the ability to increase cancer cells’ sensitivity to chemotherapy drugs. However, more research is needed to fully understand the anti-cancer properties of saffron in humans.
3.7 Improves cardiovascular health
High in potassium, daily consumption of saffron stigmas helps to dilate the blood, which eliminates clogged arteries. This further lowers blood pressure and avoids heart attacks and strokes.
3.8 Gives you healthy, glowing skin
Saffron has a number of cosmetic advantages besides its culinary use. Your skin will be flawlessly shiny thanks to its anti-inflammatory ingredients. Therefore, saffron is a common ingredient in cosmetic items such as beauty creams. It hydrates and softens the skin, giving it a radiant appearance.
3.9 Can protect the skin from UV radiation
The benefits of saffron for the skin also include its use as a natural UV absorber. It contains flavonoid components including kaempferol and quercetin, which may contribute to this aspect.
4. SOME NOTES WHEN USING SAFFRON
People with certain health conditions should consider carefully before using products containing saffron or its extract.
- Women who are pregnant and breastfeeding
Due to the properties of this herb, pregnant women should not use saffron. When pregnant women use large amounts of saffron, it can cause the uterus to shrink and can cause miscarriage.
Not enough is known about the potential risks of using saffron while breastfeeding, but products containing this herb should be avoided when you are breastfeeding.
- People with bipolar disorder
Saffron contains active ingredients that affect your mood. Therefore, experts suggest that saffron has the potential to make people with bipolar disorder feel restless and lead them to impulsive behavior. It is recommended not to use saffron if this symptom increases.
- People who are allergic to plants such as rye, olive or plants of the amaranth family
People who are allergic to these plants are also at risk of developing an allergy to saffron.
- People with heart disease
Saffron affects heart rate. One of the effects of saffron is to prevent cardiovascular disease, but you should not use saffron if you suffer from this condition. Consuming large amounts of saffron can cause side effects in people with heart disease.
- People with low blood pressure
One of the other benefits of saffron is lowering blood pressure. Therefore, people with low blood pressure should limit or exercise caution when using saffron.
5. INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE PROPER USE OF SAFFRON
Saffron was a spice used by the nobility and elite to add flavor and color to high-end dishes. Today, saffron is used a lot for health and beauty.
5.1 Making saffron tea
Saffron tea has a delicious taste with a delicate aroma and a beautiful bright yellow-orange color.
You can drink the original saffron tea, mixed with other herbs such as chamomile, dried rosehip or mixed with fresh milk, honey, coconut milk,… To further enhance the flavor:
- Mix 7-10 strands of saffron flowers with 800ml of warm water about 80 degrees Celsius.
- Soak the saffron for about 5 minutes until the water turns yellow-orange.
In addition to the original method of making tea, you can change the recipe, combine it with other ingredients, adjust the sweetness and adjust it to your liking. When mixed with milk, warm the milk to 70°C before mixing.
5.2 Use saffron to beautify the skin
There are many saffron skincare recipes that work wonderfully. Here are some recipes for each skin type that will help.
- Dry skin: 1 tablespoon rice flour + 2 tablespoons fresh milk without sugar + 5 strands of saffron ground into powder.
- Oily skin: 5 strands of saffron ground into powder + 1 teaspoon clay powder + 2 teaspoons unsweetened yogurt.
- Acne skin: 5 strands of saffron ground into powder + 1 teaspoon rice bran powder + 2 teaspoons unsweetened yogurt.
- Dark skin, melasma, freckles: 5 strands of saffron into powder + 1 teaspoon sandalwood powder + 2 tablespoons fresh milk.
- Smooth glowing skin care: 2 – 3 grated strawberries + 5 strands of saffron ground into powder.
Note: You should clean your skin before applying the mask and leave the mask on for about 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water. Use only a saffron mask 2-3 times a week.
5.3 The use of saffron in cooking
Saffron can be used as a seasoning in many different dishes. Used to cook saffron rice, bird’s nest distillation, wine stew pear, potato soup, beef stew,…
The aroma and color of saffron make the dishes more delicate, unique and aesthetic. So, this spice is very popular with nobility in Middle Eastern and Western countries.
6. WHERE TO BUY SAFFRON?
Currently, Duyen Viet Yen is a large and reputable distributor of saffron in the US with saffron products that we provide are officially imported from the largest and most reputable saffron producers in Iran.
They are companies with a long tradition of producing saffron, famous for their high-quality product lines and numerous certifications, including ISO 3632 certification, the only certificate in the world that evaluates the purity of quality saffron.
Duyen Viet Yen provides safe, high-quality Super Negin saffron.
In addition, Duyen Viet Yen is one of the few saffron suppliers in the US to ensure maximum benefits for consumers by providing complete product information, carefully selected saffron as well as luxurious packaging. Customers are fully insured when buying saffron at Duyen Viet Yen.