saffron may help prevent cardiovascular disease

Doug Skrecky (
Mon, 13 Sep 1999 07:31:39 -0700 (PDT)

Verma SK. Bordia A.
Department of Medicine and Indigenous Drug Research Centre, RNT Medical College, Udaipur.
Antioxidant property of Saffron in man. Source
Indian Journal of Medical Sciences. 52(5):205-7, 1998 May. Abstract
50 mg of Saffron dissolved in 100 ml of milk was administered twice a day to 20 human subjects. Lipoprotein oxidation susceptibility (LOS) was estimated initially and after 3 and 6 weeks. There was a constant decrease in LOS during this period. From a mean of 66.4 +/- 3.18 it decreased to 38.3 +/- 2.8 in 10 healthy individuals and from 76.0 +/- 3.72 to 48.8 +/- 3.0 in 10 patients of CAD. The significant fall (P < 0.001) in LOS indicates the potential of Saffron as an antioxidant.