saffron helps eye diseases including macular degeneration and glaucoma

There are many kinds of eye diseases. This beautiful herb is not only a treat to the eyes, it is also a treat for the eyes. This beautiful herb helps you see better.

Little discussed in eye disease is the role of inflammation. But, in addition to more discussed causes like free radical damage, inflammation plays a significant role in many eye diseases. Saffron can help address conditions of both free radical damage and inflammatory origin.

A new systematic review included several clinical studies of saffron and eye disease.

Macular degeneration is one of the leading causes of blindness in people over fifty-five. It is the leading cause of severe, irreversible vision loss in older Americans. The macula is the area of the retina responsible for fine vision. When it degenerates, central vision and fine details degenerate with it.

Six studies in this review looked at saffron for age-related macular degeneration. Saffron was able to improve macular function and visual acuity compared to control groups. The dose used was 20mg a day (though it is not stated in this publication, some studies may have used a higher dose).

Another study found that 30mg a day of saffron improved glaucoma. Glaucoma is a leading cause of blindness in which there is damage to the optic nerve that carries information from the eye to the brain. Key to treating glaucoma is relieving the pressure within the eyeball known as intraocular pressure. This study found that only 3-4 weeks of saffron significantly decreased intraocular pressure compared to a control group.

A study that looked at crocin, an active ingredient in saffron, found that it improved visual acuity and reduced macular thickness in people with diabetic maculopathy. The effective dose was 15mg a day for 90 days.

Other reviews have also concluded that saffron can help eye disease (Neural Regen Res. 2020 Aug; 15(8): 1408–1416). An earlier review of the research seems to have reached the same conclusion of the current one (Nutrients March 2019;11(3):649). So, the evidence is growing that, in addition to its many other uses, saffron may be a valuable herb for your eyes.

Curr Neuropharmacol. 2021 Mar; 19(3): 392–401

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