Health benefits and uses: Weight loss, appetite suppression, depression/low mood, seasonal affective disorder (SAD), sexual health/aphrodisiac, liver health, energy.
It’s rich in: Antioxidants (particularly the natural carotenoid compound crocin), minerals, niacin, riboflavin, folic acid, and vitamins A and C.
|Himalaya Herbal Healthcare VigorCare for Men, with saffron and a host of other herbs that are designed to help promote sexual desire and sexual vitality. This formula is ideal for men suffering from a low libido associated with aging.|
|Paradise Herbs Saffr-Tone, featuring saffron stigma extract. This formulation includes the spice’s active compounds safranal, crocin, and picrocrocin. The capsules are vegetarian and can be used to help boost mood and promote healthier food choices.|
Health benefits and uses: Treatment and/or prevention of colds and flu, sore throat, sinus congestion/infections, bacterial infections, bronchitis, skin rashes, body aches, fungal infections.
It’s rich in: Antioxidants, minerals, fiber, and some omega-3s.
|North American Herb and Spice Oreganol Oil of Oregano, which boasts wild handpicked oregano from the Mediterranean. Place two or more drops under your tongue or add to water or juice. You can also use topically for skin irritations; mix with a carrier oil and massage all over to ease aches and pains. Tip: Bring this product along on airplane trips to bolster immunity.|
Health benefits and uses: Pain and swelling, inflammation, arthritis, joint health, liver health, cancer prevention, brain health, cystic fibrosis, and inflammatory bowel disease.
It’s rich in: Antioxidants, curcumin (thought to be the active ingredient), iron, manganese, vitamin B6, fiber, and potassium.
|Source Naturals Ageless Mind, a comprehensive brain health formula. It contains Meriva Turmeric Complex, a proprietary blend of phosphatidylcholine (a brain health nutrient) and turmeric rhizome extract for optimal absorption and benefits.|
|Natural Factors CurcuminRich Turmeric Root Extract, which uses a specialized form of curcumin called Theracurmin. Research has shown that Theracurmin increases absorption of the spice over 30 times compared to regular curcumin.|
Saffron Brown Rice Pilaf
Want to use more spices in when cooking? Try this easy recipe, perfect as a side dish. Recipe by Andi Phillips
2 Tbs. olive oil
2 shallots, minced
½ tsp. turmeric
½ tsp. saffron
2 cups brown rice
5 cups vegetable stock
2 clove garlic, minced
¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
6 green onions, thinly sliced
Per serving: 461 cal; 8 g prot; 10 g total fat (1 g sat fat); 85 g carb; 0 mg chol; 423 mg sod; 7 g fiber; 2 g sugars