Saffron as an elixir of life in neurological diseases [article]

Στυλιανή Μούτου, University Of Thessaly, University Of Thessaly, Ευθύμιος Γ. Δαρδιώτης
Με επιφύλαξη παντός δικαιώματος. All rights reserved. Η παρούσα διπλωματική εργασία εκπονήθηκε στο πλαίσιο των απαιτήσεων του Μεταπτυχιακού Προγράμματος της διατροφής στην Υγεία και στη Νόσο της σχολής Επιστημών Υγείας του Τμήματος Ιατρικής (Πανεπιστήμιο Θεσσαλίας). Η έγκρισή της δεν υποδηλώνει απαραιτήτως και την αποδοχή των απόψεων του συγγραφέα εκ μέρους της Ιατρικής Σχολής. Δηλώνω Υπεύθυνα και γνωρίζοντας τις κυρώσεις του Ν. 2121/1993 περί Πνευματικής Ιδιοκτησίας, ότι η παρούσα μεταπτυχιακή
more » ... αρούσα μεταπτυχιακή διπλωματική εργασία είναι εξ ολοκλήρου αποτέλεσμα δικής μου δουλειάς , δεν αποτελεί προϊόν αντιγραφής ούτε προέρχεται από ανάθεση σε τρίτους. Όλες οι πηγές που χρησιμοποιήθηκαν για τη συγγραφή της περιλαμβάνονται στη βιβλιογραφία. ABSTRACT Title: Saffron as an elixir of neurodegenerative disorders. Introduction: Two of the most common neurodegenerative disorders are Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Alzheimer's disease is a type of dementia, during which the death of brain cells causes memory loss and cognitive decline. There is increasing evidence that saffron consumption has several healing effects, including the protection of C.N.S. Purpose: The purpose of this literature review is the evaluation of the effectiveness of crocin, the key ingredient of crocus, as a remedy for the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders, with focus on Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's. Material Method: A systematic review of the bibliography has been conducted according to the international databases of Pub Med, Medline, medical terms Scopus, Direct, as well as Google Scholars. Selected resources have been used based on current bibliography. Results: The beneficial effects of the plant and its components are attributed mainly to its powerful antioxidant properties. More specifically, crocus (saffron) evidently presented great results when taken in conjunction with other substances while it has been claimed to be effective in the treatment of a wide range of disorders, including coronary artery diseases, hypertension, dysmenorhea, as well as learning difficulties and memory disorders. Conclusions: This literature review has shown that Crocus Sativus and its components promote health since they can be considered as extremely promising factors in the treatment of neurodegenerative disorders. Therefore, although progress in medical science has allowed many of us to live our sixth and seventh decade and beyond, cognitive decline due to old age, has necessitated the need for further research in order to devise the right methods for its treatment. Finally, the question arises whether the facts of the basic research that has been conducted, medical advances and medication will all contribute to the treatment of these particular neurodegenerative disorders.
doi:10.26253/heal.uth.8248 fatcat:r7mhynay7rfgvktgsjnsusputy