In this study, researchers gave participants with macular concerns 20 mg of a saffron extract daily and performed tests to measure how well their retinal cells responded to light stimulation. Remarkably, researchers saw dramatically improved retinal function in those taking the saffron.
One of the lead researchers, Professor Silvia Bisti, described the results as a breakthrough, with study participants showing significant vision improvements within just three months of starting to take saffron daily.
“All patients experienced improvements in their vision while taking the saffron pill,” Professor Bisti reported.*
The results of this initial breakthrough study were confirmed in a longer-term follow-up study, in which participants with early macular concerns took 20 mg of a saffron extract daily for 15 months and were evaluated every 90 days.
After just 3 months, visual acuity measures on the Snellen chart—the standard optical chart used to assess vision sharpness at a distance—improved by a remarkable two lines compared to baseline values!*
Participants also reported improvements in contrast and color perception, reading ability, vision in low light conditions and overall improvement in quality of life