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What is saffron?

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It's a common spice in Mediterranean cooking. Saffron comes from a type of crocus flower.Because it's hard to harvest -- it takes 75,000 flowers to get a pound of saffron -- it's one of the world's most expensive spices. It's been used as a traditional treatment for thousands of years.

From: Saffron: Uses and Risks WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L.J., editor, , 3rd edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Saffron."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Saffron."

Rakel D. , 3rd edition, Saunders, 2012. Integrative Medicine

Akhondzadeh, B. , March 30, 2007. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry

Natural Standard: "Saffron (Crocus sativus)."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 19, 2017

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L.J., editor, , 3rd edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Saffron."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Saffron."

Rakel D. , 3rd edition, Saunders, 2012. Integrative Medicine

Akhondzadeh, B. , March 30, 2007. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry

Natural Standard: "Saffron (Crocus sativus)."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 19, 2017

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