Saffron Helps Macular Degeneration in Antioxidant Study

saffronTaking saffron pills improved the visual acuity of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) patients in a small study. Macular degeneration is the gradual deterioration of the small, yellow-colored part of the eye near the center of the retina.

Saffron contains carotenoids called crocin and crocetin. These antioxidants have been shown to have a protective effect on retinal cells.

The study had 29 participants who were in the early stages of macular degeneration and showed signs of vision loss. They took 20 mg of saffron/day, for approximately 14 months. Just 3 months into the study, they had a significant increases in visual acuity due to improvements in the retina. When they stopped taking the saffron, the effects stopped.

Saffron is made from the stigmas and styles of a flower, the saffron crocus. Most of the world’s supply of saffron comes from Iran. The study subjects had no negative reactions to the pills.

Study: “A Longitudinal Follow-Up Study of Saffron Supplementation in Early Age-Related Macular Degeneration: Sustained Benefits to Central Retinal Function” by M. Piccardi et. al. Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Volume 2012 (2012), Article ID 429124, 9 pages

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Saffron Helps Macular Degeneration in Antioxidant Study
Saffron pills improved the visual acuity of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) patients. Saffron contains antioxidant carotenoids called crocin and crocetin.
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Marc Grossman, Doctor of Optometry and New York State Licensed Acupuncturist, is a holistic eye doctor and co-author of a number of books on natural vision care. Since 1980 Dr. Grossman has been helped many people maintain healthy vision and even improve eyesight. He is dedicated to providing information to those with conditions ranging from myopia and dry eyes to potentially vision threatening diseases such as macular degeneration and glaucoma. His combined multi-disciplinary approach using nutrition, eye exercises, lifestyle changes and Chinese Medicine provides him with a wide array of tools and approaches with which to tackle difficult eye problems.