Yellow saffron tea gets its name because of the yellow color it has when brewed. In reality, saffron tea is made from red-orange-colored saffron threads, the same ones you use for cooking. One of the most expensive spices on the market, saffron has a host of health benefits as well as a naturally rich taste and delicate aroma that are imparted to the brewed tea.
Helps With Premenstrual Syndrome
In a study published in a 2008 issue of “BJOG,” researchers found that taking 30 milligrams of saffron a day led to reduced premenstrual syndrome in women with regular menstrual cycles. The study was conducted over the course of two menstrual cycles. While researchers found the study promising, they stated that a study regarding the safety of consuming saffron in such high quantities — the amount used could make up to 20 cups of tea — was needed before recommending saffron as an alternative treatment to PMS.
May Help Treat Alzheimer’s Disease
In 2010, the “Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics” published a study on saffron and its potential use as an herbal aid for dementia. Study participants with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease took 30 milligrams of saffron per day for 16 weeks. The study found saffron was safe for use in such high quantities, and those taking the saffron supplement showed improved cognitive function when compared to those on the placebo. While the study suggested saffron may be useful in treating some aspects of Alzheimer’s disease in the short term, longer, randomized studies are still needed.
May Aid Depression
A 2013 issue of the “Journal of Integrative Medicine” included a large-scale analysis on the studies where saffron was used as a potential anti-depressant. Researchers found that when comparing studies conducted on adults and in the presence of a placebo option in the study, saffron showed significant benefits toward relieving the symptoms of depression. They concluded that longer-term trials were needed, however, with greater geographical variety. As well, larger study groups would help further confirm saffron’s safety and efficacy as a natural anti-depressant.
How to Make Saffron Tea
You can purchase yellow saffron teabags or make tea from loose saffron threads. Because saffron is expensive, teabags may not contain the best quality or as much saffron. Making it at home gives you more control over the final product. While you can steep the threads in only room-temperature water to make iced tea, using water that’s around 180 degrees Fahrenheit is recommended so that the aromatic and health compounds are fully released. Use a 1-teaspoon serving, a little over 1 milligram, of threads for every 8 ounces of water. Let the tea steep for at least 10 minutes. The threads dissolve when exposed to hot water, so give your tea a quick stir before drinking. Saffron tea can be made in advance and stored in the fridge for up to three days.
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