Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Saffron supplementation

I've been hearing about the good properties of Saffron and its use in arresting macular degeneration since quite some time now (2008). There is a clinical trial being currently conducted in Italy on people with Stargardt's and the results will be out by July 2012. It seems that saffron does help to reverse or stop degeneration at an early staage of AMD. There is no evidence yet for its application on SD. Minimum dosage recommended is 20 mg per day.

Saffron is seemingly a very good anti-oxidant for eyes. It also has some side-effects and you should check your doctor before taking saffron supplements. Saffron is commonly used as a spice in India and I know that if you consume even two three tiny threads, you end up having hot flushes.

Here is the link to SD related clinical trial for this: Saffron supplementation in Stargardt's Disease

Stem-cell and gene therapy trials are also in Phase 1. But it will take some more years to really understand if they are safe or not.

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