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February 08, 2010

Saffron may halt or reverse sight loss

Indian yellow spice saffron may help people from incurable blindness, according to a new study.

Saffron may halt or reverse sight loss The new research indicates that saffron, traditionally used to colour and flavour curries and Mediterranean dishes, can prove to be an effective weapon in the fight against one of the commonest causes of sight loss, age-related macular degeneration (AMD).

The first trials of saffron on human vision shows it significantly enhanced eyesight.Lead researcher Professor Silvia Bisti said, “When patients were tested with traditional eye charts, a number could read one or two lines smaller than before. Others said they could read newspapers and books again.”

Bisti hailed the results as ‘remarkable’ and claimed saffron “may hold the key to preventing sight loss in the elderly”.
Src : TOI

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