In a double-blind study, the spice saffron beat out placebo in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease dementia symptoms.
. The top killers in the United States are heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Number 5? Accidents. Number 9? Kidney disease. Number 13? High blood pressure. Now at 15? Parkinson's dosease. Over the last 50 years they’ve all stayed relatively stable. Except this one.
Started out of nowhere just a few decades ago and now is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States of America. Whoa, what’s that one, coming from out of nowhere to become our 6th leading cause of death. Alzheimer’s disease. Last year it was the 7th leading cause of death. It keeps creeping up. Over the last decade or so been making some progress on some of the other top killers, but not Alzheimer’s.
Enter… The saffron crocus. Saffron in the treatment of patients with Alzheimer's disease. It was a double blind, randomized trial measuring cognitive dysfunction in Alzheimers patients, comparing saffron to placebo. Saffron is the female reproductive organs of the saffron flower, which you can buy as a spice.
So what did they find? You give Alzheimer's patients placebo capsules, and as you can see, their cognitive dysfunction gets worse over time. That’s what happens in Azheimers, you get worse and worse, until you die. Unless, it appears, you spice up your life with a little saffon
Conclusion: “This double-blind, placebo-controlled study suggests that at least in the short-term, 16 weeks, saffron is both safe and effective in mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. Larger confirmatory randomized controlled trials are called for.” Urgently, given the devastation wrought by this disease.
But even if this study was a total fluke, what’s the downside of adding a little saffron to your diet, a spice that’s been cooked with for 3500 years. I don’t know about you, but if, God forbid, anyone in my family were ever to be diagnosed with this disease horror, I’d be cooking them paella.
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