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SAFFRON – Mother Nature’s Prozac: Hoffman Natural Health

?SAFFRON – Mother Nature’s Prozac?
This is the first of my monthly spotlights on healing herbs and spices you can easily add to the meals you already make to increase healing benefits of your food (see the full article on my website: )

This month I am focusing on Saffron, one of the world’s most beloved and expensive spices. The intensely flavorful red threads are actually stigmas of blue crocus flowers. Grown and (very) carefully harvested on family farms around the world, including here in the La Mancha region of Spain. It is the quintessential spice used to give Paella its unique flavor and signature color.
Affectionately referred to as Mother Nature’s Prozac, saffron’s healing properties are so powerful that it is now available as an herbal extract. Along with mood-boosting and neuroprotective properties (good for memory and cognition) saffron is used for Alzheimer’s, Atherosclerosis, Fatigue, High blood pressure, PMS, Male infertility, Erectile dysfunction, Cancer, Anxiety, Insomnia, Memory loss, Age-related macular degeneration, Parkinson’s, Multiple sclerosis…whew! And the list goes on.
Saffron is used in traditional Indian, Spanish and Iranian dishes. You’ll even find it in Italian risotto Milanese and French bouillabaisse.
Cooking with Saffron: Luckily, a pinch is all you need of this exquisite spice – infuse it in hot water before adding to seafood, soup, rice dishes, or puddings and you will be transported to another world.
•Saffron is great paired with almonds – how about rice pilaf with onion, garlic, almond, saffron, black pepper and butter? Yum.
•Cooking up prawns or grilling fish? How about first slathering on some saffron, salt and garlic infused butter or olive oil?
Whatever you do with it, be sure you luxuriate in it and enjoy the process…And let me know in the comments your favorite way to use Saffron, I’d love to hear!

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