Friday, April 1, 2011

Saffron for Macular Degeneration

"Spice up your vision" could be the future rallying cry for patients with Macular Degeration (AMD)! A small pilot study was recently published that looked at the anti-oxident and protective properties of Saffron supplementation and found that it might by helpful.

The study looked at a group of patients with early Dry AMD and used a very sophisticated method of testing macular function, the "focal electroretinaogram" (F-ERG), as well as visual acuity. The Saffron-treated group showed greater stability and function onf F-ERG, and patients in the treated group saw one line lower on the eye chart.

It's definitely too early to say for sure whether or not Saffron will be a viable treatment for Dry AMD, but wouldnt' it be cool if it was?! In Cleveland the "Spice of Your life" might also "Spice Up Your Vision!!"

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