LONDON – Saffron, the spice which is commonly used in Indian, Spanish and Italian cuisine, could hold the secret to preventing eye sight loss in old age, says a new study.
Study’s scientists, who are based at the University of L’Aquila, in Italy, and Sydney University, in Australia, have discovered that saffron can protect against some of the most common forms of blindness.
Through the study, researchers revealed that eating saffron on daily basis helped to make the delicate cells in the eye needed for vision more resilient against disease, reports The Telegraph.
Animal studies further confirmed that a diet containing saffron can protect the eye from damage caused by bright sunlight and slow the progress of genetic diseases such as retinitis pigmentosa.
The researchers also found saffron had a beneficial effect in humans suffering from age-related macular degeneration, the most common form of blindness in old age.
The scientists are now conducting a clinical trial on human patients with age-related macular degeneration.