Saffron (Crocus sativus) is an autumn flowering herb which is native to Greece and southwest Asia.
In medicine it has been found to support the immune system, the cardiovascular system, the digestive system and the nervous system and the eyes.
It is very high in antioxidant carotenoids including zeaxanthin and lycopene.
Recently it has been shown to be an effective weight management aid, through its influence on Serotonin levels, which in turn support the appetite.
It also has a supportive influence on mood through the serotonin effect and on blood sugar levels.
Saffron is also used in food preparation, and especially Indian,European and Turkish cuisines.