sexta-feira, 17 de maio de 2013

Saffron

 SAFFRON Crocus sativa - iridáceas





Serbácea Plant with a massive bulb, flattened, dry scales, having some leaves near the rudimentary top . Whitish and other green slightly ribbed; flowers with short stalk, with a very long perigonial tube, of purplish color, with longitudinal grooves. The stigmas are red jagged at the apex tubulosos and shaped like horns.

Saffron has also been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. Historically been used in the treatment of cancer and depressive states.

Such applications have been researched today. Promising and selective effects against cancer have been observed in vitro and in vivo but not yet in clinical trials.

Antidepressant effects were also found in vivo and in preliminary clinical studies. Therefore there are interesting perspectives for the use of extracts of turmeric in rational phytotherapy.

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