crocus sativus

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The most expensive spice in the world is the stigma (stem inside the flower). Each Crocus sativus plant has up to 4 flowers (usually purple), each containing 3 bright red stigmas. Flower petals are also edible. Used for antioxidant properties, anti-cancer, heart disease, cholesterol, soothing stomach and colon, eyes, depression.
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Safranal, a Crocus sativus L constituent suppresses the growth of K-562 cells of chronic myelogenous leukemia.
Induction of callus and regeneration of plantlets from corms of Crocus sativus L.
Saffron is not the fruit of an exotic tree or the leaf of a rare shrub, but rather it is the stigmas (female organs) of Crocus sativus, the red "threads" which are surrounded by the rich lavender petals of this most attractive, autumn flowering plant.
Antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory effects of Crocus sativus L.
The effect of the extract of Crocus sativus and its constituent safranal, on lung inflammation of ovalbumin sensitized guinea-pigs.
Protective effect of cysteine and vitamin E, Crocus sativus and Nigella sativa extracts on cisplatin-induced toxicity in rats.
CROCUS sativus will be coming into flower within a couple of months and the annual saffron harvest can begin.
Saffron is taken from the stigmas of Crocus sativus (Iridaceae) and it is expensive for good reason, It can reputedly make erogenous zones even more sensitive.
The results on non-incubated trachea (group 1) showed a small parallel leftward shift of the isoprenaline concentration-response curves in the presence of only higher concentration of the extract of Crocus sativus compared to the curve in the presence of saline which indicated stimulatory effect of the extract on[[beta].
Inhibitory activity of amyloid-[beta] aggregation and antioxidant properties of Crocus sativus extract and its crocins constituents.
Saffron is a spice that is constituted from the red stigmas of Crocus sativus L.