Saffron, also called Red Gold, has different medicinal properties. More than 90 percent of this valuable highly priced spice in the world is produced in Iran. Saffron is rich in antioxidant substances that prevent or slow damage to cells caused by free radicals. It also prevents serious diseases such as cancer by boosting the immune system. The crocin in saffron is useful in improvement of insulin resistance. Moreover, it is rich in large amount of iron, magnesium, potassium, manganese, and vitamin C. The safranal and coumarin content of saffron are helpful to treat depression. This herb can be used as spice or herbal tea.
Ghayen town in South Khorasan province produces the world’s best quality saffron, sometimes called “the red gold”. You can obtain Ghayen saffron from traditional and modern stores in Iran. Iran also produces perfect spices.