According to “Nursing Herbal Remedy Handbook” saffron contains vitamins B-1 and B-2, essential oils and phytochemicals, which are antioxidant-dense chemicals produced in plants that are thought to help prevent disease in humans. The phytochemicals found in saffron help to support your immune system and protect your body from free radical-induced damage, cancer and infections.
Saffron is thought to stimulate the secretion of digestive juices in the stomach and may therefore help to enhance digestion. Taken as a supplement, it may also produce a sedative effect, prevent cancer and lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels, according to the “Nursing Herbal Medicine Handbook.” It may also help to treat amenorrhea, atherosclerosis, depression, fever, gas, headaches, indigestion, pain, painful menstruation, premature ejaculation and vomiting. Saffron is also purported to promote upper respiratory tract health and help to treat asthma, bronchitis, sore throats and whooping cough. Finally, saffron is used topically to help with certain conditions, such as baldness and dry skin.\