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POTENTIAL ANTI-AGING PROPERTIES OF SAFFRON (Crocus sativus L.)

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6
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2016

U. Gashimova, Biol. Dr.; Kh. Babaev; R. Sadykh-zade; P. Shukyurova A.I. Karaev Institute of Physiology, National Academy of Sciences of Azerbaijan

The paper describes the properties of saffron (Crocus sativus L.) that may be considered as a potential anti-aging phytoprotective agent for metabolic syndrome (MS). Addition of anti-aging agents to basic therapy for MS is pathogenetically sound. Saffron as a potential anti-aging agent is shown to be able to affect body weight, lipid profile, and sexual function and, having moderate anorectic properties, may act as an aphrodisiac. Since saffron contains natural hormones, such as phytosterols, it may promote neurohumoral system stabilization, manifesting itself as optimization of lipid metabolic parameters and its related increase in sexual activity.

Keywords: 
geriatrics
preventive geriatrics
saffron (Crocus sativus L.)



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