Saffron takes on cancer

Saffron takes on cancer

The yellow spice inhibits liver cancer growth in rats

By Nathan Seppa, 17:38 PM August 30, 2011

Best known as a food seasoning and dye, saffron can also stifle liver cancer in rats, tests show. In a report in the September Hepatology, researchers find that the spice suppresses a slew of known cancer-related compounds and boosts several beneficial ones.

Saffron is an expensive spice made from the Crocus sativus flower. Past studies have hinted it has benefits against depression, inflammation, memory loss and as an antioxidant. Studies in animals and in human cells have even suggested t...

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