You can wear all the prescription glasses you want but doing this won’t make your vision sharper. Yes, wearing glasses prescribed by your trusted optometrist or ophthalmologists, both of which are eye specialists, will help you see better but it won’t actually restore your normal 20/20 vision.
If you are tired of constantly stepping foot inside the clinic of an eye specialist and spending lots of money just to enjoy a world that’s free of blurriness, fret not. There is a home remedy for poor eyesight that is proven to be highly effective. No, it’s not just one of those old midwives’ tales because there’s scientific evidence backing it up.
So what is this amazing remedy that will surely give you improved visual acuity?
Saffron — the very same spice used for flavoring and coloring dishes such as curry, paella, bouillabaisse and many more. But before we proceed with the benefits of saffron for your eyesight, let us first take a look at this spice as well as the other favorable effects it has on the health.
Saffron is actually the dried stigma (female organ of a flower which receives pollen grains) of the purple crocus. Each flower only has 3 stigmas which have to be carefully picked by hand then dried. To make a pound of saffron, you need to collect as much as 225,000 stigmas! It’s for this reason as well as the intensive process of drying those stigmas why saffron is regarded as one of the most expensive spices on the planet.
It’s a good thing that a little saffron is enough for you to achieve the culinary effect warranted. Aside from adding flavor, saffron is also often used to make dishes look more colorful. The deep red-orange color of saffron, just like with so many other fruits and vegetables, is a clear sign that it is loaded with health-giving antioxidants.
True enough, there are plenty of antioxidants found in saffron. Two of the most noteworthy ones are called crocin and crocetin. These powerful antioxidants are the ones said to help improve your eyesight.
Prior to discussing the impact of saffron’s potent antioxidants on your vision, first let us take a look at some of the many favorable impact saffron has on the health:
- Potassium in saffron makes this spice effective in normalizing blood pressure as well as promoting the production and repair of cells.
- Saffron has iron, a mineral necessary for the production of red blood cells which distribute oxygen molecules to the body.
- It has anti-inflammatory properties, making it effective against various conditions that are brought about by inflammation such as obesity, osteoporosis, arthritis, diabetes and cancer.
- Experts say that including saffron in the diet may help alleviate depression.
- The spice promotes healthy and beautiful skin because it possesses antioxidant and antibacterial properties, making it very good for pimples and acne.
Now that you know how amazing saffron really is, it’s time to tackle the fact that the popular and expensive spice is capable of restoring your normal vision!
A clinical study revealed that participants suffering from age-related macular degeneration in its early stage enjoyed considerable improvement in visual acuity after taking 20 milligrams of saffron a day in just 3 months. Experts say that age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss among adults aged 60 years and above, and it is said to affect over 10 million Americans.
The incredible effect of saffron on the eyesight is brought about by crocin and crocetin in the spice. These powerful antioxidants are said to help in slowing down the progression of age-related macular degeneration. More importantly, investigations have shown that they can actually promote cellular recovery, thus leading to restoration of normal vision.
So how much saffron you should consume daily to take advantage of its vision-improving benefits. Experts say 20 milligrams per day — no matter if taken in the form of pills or tea, or simply added to food.