Pure Gold: Saffron’s Impact on Sexual Health
One of the main reasons for the breakdown of families and the resulting social and mental damage is the sexual inability or reluctance of one of the partners. This is in addition to its destructive effects on health and the cause of many physical ailments. Many involved in this issue turn to available chemical drugs and commercial pills to treat it or temporarily increase libido. Although this is effective in many cases, continued use of these drugs can have side effects, some of which are irreversible.
Traditional healers have long prescribed herbal medicines such as rosemary and saffron in topical and oral forms such as drops, herbal decoctions, and oils. Herbal medication, if used correctly and in moderation, has a much more significant effect than chemical medicines and does not cause side effects.
Saffron’s function is to treat sexual dysfunction
The clinical form of the disease is different in men and women. It usually includes a lack of libido, impaired arousal, inability to reach orgasm, and painful sexual activity in women. In men, it is often seen as abnormal libido, erectile dysfunction, ejaculation, orgasm, and decreased urination.
Numerous researchers have investigated the sexual dysfunction-improving effects of saffron in many studies for years. However, according to many of them, the impact of saffron on some sexual disorders like arousal and desire remained unknown, and based only on daily observations and routine experiences, analyses clarified that saffron has a positive effect on erectile dysfunction in men.
A systematic study and meta-analysis in a prestigious scientific journal in 2019 showed that saffron has a statistically positive and significant effect on sexual dysfunction in patients.
How does saffron affect sexual function?
Saffron contains crocin, aqueous extract, and safranal components that increase libido, treat erectile dysfunction, and improve sperm quality.
One of the reasons for reducing the sexual desire of people is the reduction of blood circulation in the sexual organs. Men who have erectile problems can solve it by consuming 30 mg of saffron daily, which increases blood flow to the genitals, strengthens the sperm, and enhances its motility.
Some people suffer from mental disorders due to taking various drugs that reduce sexual desire. In these cases, saffron can be effective.
Another result of saffron consumption is the warming of body tissues, increasing sexual desire. One of the known health benefits of saffron is increased energy levels. Saffron is a highly stimulant spice. It contains a lot of iron, which increases the level of red blood cells in the body, thus boosting blood circulation. This works to ensure that more oxygen reaches the cells. As a result, consequently, you enjoy higher energy levels. That is why saffron is excellent in boosting sexual stamina.
The role of saffron in relieving the side effects
Taking certain medications can lower testosterone levels, which may lead to decreased libido. For example, blood pressure medications such as ACE inhibitors and beta-blockers can prevent ejaculation and erection. Other drugs such as corticosteroids, morphine painkillers, antifungal drugs, cimetidine which is used for heartburn and gastroesophageal reflux disease, anabolic steroids, which athletes may use to increase muscle mass, chemotherapy drugs Or radiation therapy for cancer, hormones used to treat prostate cancer, and certain antidepressants can all lower testosterone levels.
The effect of common antidepressants
Taking antidepressants such as fluoxetine can sometimes cause sexual dysfunction in the patient. This drug has a good effect on controlling major depression, but it also has side effects that may be very unpleasant.
The primary mechanism of this drug for controlling depression is the inhibition of serotonin reuptake in nerve endings. This leads to the maintenance of serotonin in the nerve endings and creates a sense of vitality and exhilaration, and this can be very effective in controlling major depression.
But since this happens by manipulating the order of hormones, and an erection occurs under certain temporary hormonal conditions, taking this drug can interfere with sexual activity in this way.
Crocin and Safranal in a saffron cause maintain hormonal balance for a long time by inhibiting the reuptake of norepinephrine; therefore, they effectively enhance sexual potency and libido, increasing the frequency of erections in men and providing the necessary conditions for stable and pleasurable sex time.
Saffron and infertility
One of the leading causes of infertility is a disorder in male sperm, and increasing the quality or number of male sperm is one of the main ways to treat infertility in them.
Researchers in a comprehensive scientific study in Khorramabad, Iran, found that saffron positively affects sperm morphology and motility in infertile men but does not increase male sperm count. This increase in sperm quality leads to a significant improvement in the infertility treatment process.
A study of a group of infertile men showed a significant effect on sperm morphology and motility after taking a saffron supplement (50 mg) three times a week. This study indicates that saffron compounds have a definite impact on reproductive cells.
We should note that the mentioned cases are a small part of the properties of saffron, and many aspects of this miraculous plant are not yet known.
It is also better to remember that excessive consumption of saffron may harm health and lead to side effects. In women, for example, overuse can disrupt hormones and menstrual periods and cause irregular bleeding. So always consume saffron in moderation.