Shocking Side Effects of Saffron

Saffron, the beautiful herb, also known as the king of spices is widely used across the nation. It is used to colour and flavour foods in India. But could you ever imagine it can lead to side effects? Well, just like you, most of us are unaware of the side effects of this beautiful golden brown herb. In fact, it is also used as a beauty enhancer in many parts of the nation. Many ayurvedic doctors have been using it as a medication for ailments.

The side effects may come as a shock but you need to be careful with over consumption of this herb. Here are some of the most common side effects:

Danger of Artificial Saffron

Saffron is a rare and expensive herb. It is not available everywhere. You may get cheated even by the most reputable stores with the duplicate herbs sometimes. Buying such duplicate saffron could be extremely dangerous for anyone. Use of non-standard colours and preservatives in artificial saffron can lead to serious side effects.

Prolonged Usage

Prolonged usage of saffron could be dangerous. Don’t take saffron continuously for over 6 weeks. You need to give a gap of over six weeks. Also one should consult a health care practitioner before taking supplements with saffron.

High Dose

Very high dose of saffron could prove very dangerous to health. In case, the dose of saffron ranges between 10gm and 20gms, you must consult your doctor seriously. The ideal dose should not extend beyond 5gm a day to avoid the side effects. Very high dosage of saffron always leads to fatal side effects on the users. Some of the most common of these side effects include the following listed below:

  • Yellowish skin
  • Diarrhoea
  • Yellow eye
  • Jaundice
  • Food poisoning
  • Yellowish mucus membrane
  • Nose bleeding
  • Numbness of eyelids
  • Numbness of lips

Side Effects on Nursing and Expecting Mothers:

It is a belief that intake of saffron with milk by expectant mothers will lead to fairer complexion of unborn baby. However, consuming saffron may be risky for an expecting mother. In fact, breast-feeding mothers should also avoid intake of saffron. Excess intake of saffron by expectant others will lead to contraction of uterus leading to miscarriage. Nursing mothers should also avoid the same because artificial colouring agents may pass into the body of the baby through breast milk.


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