Side Effects of Saffron You Should Be Aware Of

Saffron is very famous for its great aroma and taste as well as huge benefits that it brings along. In cultures like that of India, more and more people use this expensive and worthy spice in exotic dishes to enhance the colour as well as the taste and smell. In fact, it is one of the favourite spices in most of the regions. However, were you aware that this beautiful and appealing spice can have side effects? Yes, saffron has a dark aspect as well. Side effects on human health are definitely one of the clauses that you need to consider. The side effects are quite dangerous ones and should be known well.



Taking large amounts of saffron by mouth is POSSIBLY UNSAFE. High doses can cause poisoning, including yellow appearance of the skin, eyes, and mucous membranes; vomiting; dizziness; bloody diarrhea; bleeding from the nose, lips, and eyelids; numbness; and other serious side effects. Doses of 12-20 grams can cause death.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Taking saffron by mouth in amounts larger than what is normally found in food is likely unsafe. Larger amounts of saffron can make the uterus contract and might cause a miscarriage.

Not enough is known about the safety of using saffron during breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Bipolar disorder: Saffron seems to be able to affect mood. There is a concern that it might trigger excitability and impulsive behavior (mania) in people with bipolar disorder. Don’t use saffron if you have this condition.

Allergies to Lolium, Olea (includes olive), and Salsola plant species: People who are allergic to these plants might also be allergic to saffron.

Heart conditions: Saffron might affect how fast and how strong the heart beats. Taking large amounts of saffron might worsen some heart conditions.

Low blood pressure: Saffron might lower blood pressure. Taking saffron might make blood pressure become too low in people with low blood pressure.

Nausea and Vomiting: Excessive consumption of saffron has shown effects on the body and certain symptoms on humans in the form of nausea and vomiting tendencies. This is yet another side effect associated with this wonderful spice. This only means you should have a limit to the intake.


Hyper Sexuality: Saffron is known to be an aphrodisiac and over consumption is going to lead to hyper sexuality in men and women and make them sexually active all the time. This is yet another side effect that emerges from the benefit and is a result of over intake.


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