English name: Crocus sativus Saffron
Chemical Formual: C44H64O24
Molecular weight: 976.96
Chemical Family: Carotenoids
CAS NO.: 42553-65-1
Safranal is an organic compound isolated from saffron, the spice consisting of the stigmas of crocus flowers (Crocus sativus). It is the constituent primarily responsible for the aroma of saffron. It is believed that safranal is a degradation product of the carotenoid zeaxanthin via the intermediacy of picrocrocin.Safranal is an effective anticonvulsant shown to act as an agonist at GABAA receptors. Safranal also exhibits high antioxidant and free radical scavenging activity, along with cytotoxicity towards cancer cells in vitro. It has also been shown to have antidepressant properties.
Crocus Sativus (Saffron) is an arguably the most expensive herb in the world due to the amount of time and energy it takes to harvest. The term saffron actually refers to the dried stigmas and top of the saffron crocus, a type of flower similar to safflower. In China, saffron grows predominantly in the Henan, Hebei, Zhejiang, Sichuan and Yunnan provinces. The stigmas are picked by hand and dried. It takes approximately 75, 000 saffron flowers to produce one pound of saffron stigma.
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(1) Its main functions are to invigorate the blood, remove stagnation, clear the meridians and release toxins
(2) It is commonly used in traditional Chinese medicine gynecology medicine.
(3) For by the closure, dysmenorrhea, lochia levy lump in the abdomen, or head injury, pain Sores
(4) Evidence that saffron can inhibit the growth of some types of cancer cells. Small amounts of saffron can increase the incidence of contractions in pregnant women.
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