Saffron is moving from your spice rack to your medicine cabinet. Recently, we have written about saffron for depression, Alzheimer's and, topically, for erectile dysfunction. Now a new study says it's good for your eyes too. . . . 

A leading cause of blindness, glaucoma is caused by increased pressure within the eyeball, known as intraocular pressure.

In this double-blind, placebo-controlled study, thirty-four people with glaucoma who were being treated with topical medication added either a saffron supplement or a placebo. The saffron capsule contained 30mg of concentrated powdered extract, and the dose was one a day.

At the end of the four week study, intraocular pressure was virtually unchanged in the placebo group, going from 14 mm Hg to 13.8 mm Hg. But in the saffron group, intraocular pressure dropped from 12.9 mm Hg to 10.6 mm Hg: a significant difference.

This small study suggests that saffron may also be a useful treatment for glaucoma.

BMC Complement Altern Med 2014;14:399

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