A new international study has found that the herb saffron may help protect vision and also reverse lost vision in conditions like Age related Macular Degeneration (AMD) and retinitis pigmentosa. The study led by Professor Silvia Bisti of the ARC Centre of Excellence in Vision at L’Aquila University in Italy, said saffron has major properties. These properties make vision cells tougher and more resilient by regulating the action of genes, which control the level of fatty acids in cell membranes. The researchers had earlier tested saffron in mice with successful results and have now tried the therapy on human subjects suffering from AMD. They report that saffron therapy successfully restored lost vision in these patients.
Prof Silvia Bisti said their next step is to identify the active ingredients in saffron, which possess these vision saving properties.