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[16/08/2012] New clinical study confirms the eye health benefits of saffron in age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

A new study confirms that the super spice saffron can protect against failing eyesight.

Earlier research in 2010 suggested that saffron may help reverse age-related macular degeneration, or AMD, the most common cause of blindness in old people.  In that study, conducted in Italy, patients with AMD experienced improvements in their vision after taking saffron pills for 3 months.


Saffron effective in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) Saffron can help increase oxygen flow, and prevent cell death by making cells more resilient against  the disease.  Those research findings were widely publicized in 2010 and reported in various media  including The Daily Mail, and The Telegraph:


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Saffron in age-related macular degeneration (AMD)

    The same research team in Italy, encouraged by the initial data, continued giving saffron to AMD patients for a total     of 15 months, and tested patients every three months. Their new data confirms initial findings that saffron may hold    the key for tackling vision loss in AMD.

The recently published peer-reviewed article from the Italian team shows that “all patients reported an improvement in their quality of vision.’’ Most notably, taking long term saffron supplements led to, ‘improvement in contrast and color perception, reading ability, and vision at low luminances, all ultimately leading to a substantial improvement in the patients’ quality of life’.

  This new study shows that taking saffron supplements of 20mg per day long term presents a safe natural solution to help prevent eye sight loss in old age, and  as reported,  ‘‘no adverse systemic side effects were recorded.“ 


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[18/10/2013] Scientific information behind the development of Saffron 2020

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