Saffron and AMD

Saffron can improve the function of the retina in patients suffering from age-related macular degeneration (AMD), according to a team of scientists from Italy and Australia.  At a conference in Sydney, Australia, Professor Bisti, from the Unversity of L’Aquila, and Professor Falsini, from Catholic University in Rome, reported their research findings.

Professor Bisti found that pre-feeding mice with saffron reduced the death of photo-receptor neurons that are usually killed by intensive light.  Professor Falsini gave patients 20 milligrams of saffron daily and found an improvement of the electrical response of photo-receptors.

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