Side Effects of Saffron

Are There Side Effects of Saffron?

Saffron is a powerful medicinal spice that can be used to add flavour to your food and health benefits to your life. Just like anything else, saffron does come with some side effects that should be mentioned.

However, before we get stuck into the possible side effects of saffron we want to highlight that just because there are side effects it doesn’t mean that saffron is bad for you! Saffron is completely natural and naturally powerful. It is a wonderful spice when used correctly and like anything else, it has side effects simply because it is something you are ingesting!

While ingesting too much saffron is dangerous it is also very unlikely (and almost impossible). A safe dose of saffron is around 30 mg. Saffron becomes dangerous at over half a gram which is very hard to reach, especially since only 3-20 threads are used per recipe.

Who should not use saffron?

Saffron is safe for everyone to use. The only people who should be hesitant to use saffron are those who have hay fever,  struggle with spice allergies or are very prone to food allergies. This is because one of the possible side effects of saffron is an allergic reaction to pollen.

This is because saffron is pollen. Saffron threads come from the crocus sativus flower bulb so it naturally contains pollen. If you are sensitive to pollen, it is not uncommon that you might be sensitive to saffron too. Using saffron extract, patch test saffron on your skin first before ingesting to avoid an allergic reaction as this will be enough to see if any of your pollen allergy symptoms show up.  However, this is not life-threatening at all as the pollen count will be extremely low.

Can saffron be taken daily?

Yes, absolutely. If saffron is not a normal part of your cultural cuisine, when you start using saffron you should take it slowly at the beginning just to make sure it’s the right medicinal spice for you!

You can also test which time of the day taking saffron works best for you as saffron can have a drowsiness effect. Saffron can promote the production of melatonin which will help you get a deeper nights rest.

Does saffron make anxiety worse?

Quite the opposite. Saffron reduces the production of adrenaline which is what the body pumps out when someone is feeling anxious. You need adrenaline to trigger your flight or fight, which is a natural reaction to fear. This is why saffron supplements are excellent at combating anxiety symptoms. Instead of making your anxiety worse, saffron calms your body down and helps you produce more serotonin, our natural happy chemical, instead.