Yes. But saffron is the cheapest way to do it – so saffron is the cheapest way to do that.
Now in the late 70s saffron was not widely used, and there was no evidence of it having any effect on heart or kidney complications in patients who took it as an ingredient.
For a number of years, you had a number of doctors going around and saying “it doesn’t cause any risk, it’s safe – and people take it”. And you had the health profession, in many cases, saying “it doesn’t have any effect on heart and kidney complications if you use it in moderation”, and then in the last 10 years, all of a sudden you have this “saffron causes heart and renal risks”, “it increases the risk of blood clots”, blah blah blah.
Saffron and Heart Disease: Did it have an effect before it was “saffron heart disease”? In fact, saffron is a native herb of India, and for the most part was used in India until the 1960s – it is probably the oldest of the herbs in the herbal pharmacopoeia.
However, around the end of the 19th century (around that time), it was introduced to the British Isles, probably via India, and it was used in a very, very limited use by dentists. A dentist in London used to go all the way back to 1851 with a flask of saffron in his office and he would take the spelt into the dentists office – and if they saw the colour that they couldn’t tell what it was. They’d just be very reluctant to use it because it was a very, very strong green leafy herb and they didn’t want people to ingest such a strong substance. And they didn’t use it until the 1920s, and the British had it in about half of the teeth they cleaned out.
What was saffron heart disease? Well saffron was first added to British diets in the late 19th century, as a mild greenish colouring and astringent. Over time, it became a component of saffron powders, and it was used regularly to treat various disorders, and even to treat heart disease.
You have to remember that, in the early 19th century, heart disease was generally treated simply with the usual treatments – a diet that was very rich in richly-sourced food, a regular exercise regimen, and that was
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