Saturday, January 15, 2011

My Newest Cancer Fighting Grocery Item

So a couple of days ago, I told you about a friend who had been watching Dr. Oz and suggested a possible cancer fighting agent.  I have gone into the Dr. Oz website but unfortunately I don't really see much information there in great detail so I'm just going to share what I know with you. 

The item of which I speak is a rare spice called SAFFRON ! I personally know very little about it, but you can be sure that I'm going to find out every little detail that I can.  Here is what it looks like as I bought it just yesterday.  Found it at a bulk food store and bought it in a small 1 gram plastic container.  Not very much at all, but apparently it's a very potent spice and you just use a little of it.
It is one of the most expensive spices by weight in the world apparently.  I paid $6.75 CDN for that "1" gram amount, but if you calculate how much one ounce of this spice costs, it would amount to approximately $190.12 and to take this even farther, if I had to purchase 1 pound of it, well I would be looking at around the $3041.92 figure !!! wonder it is considered to be one of the most expensive spices in the world.  The expense results from the time it takes to hand pick each of these stigmas from the crocus - not an easy task at all as you can see

Anyway, for now I'm not concerned about the price of my first purchase, all I really want is some good results while my husband is using it.

It consists of long, dried pieces of crocus stigmas

It is actually derived from the stigma of a Saffron read more about it, check out this Wikipedia description

So I'm guessing if Dr Oz has given this rare spice a thumbs up in the fight against cancer, then it can't be all bad.  This is what it says on his website

 I of course did not see that particular television episode and I'm flying totally blindfolded with saffron and how to use it, but I'm hoping that if any of you have already used it in recipes, etc. you will pass it along and then I will post it here for everyone to read.

For now, this is how my husband tried the saffron yesterday.  I made a blueberry/milk shake and added "3" of the saffron stems...gave it one more turn in my Magic Bullet and it was ready. 

I have located a recipe in which you use the saffron from The Canadian Living website.  It is a rice recipe and actually the lady at the bulk food store yesterday told me that her daughter makes a similiar rice recipe quite often - not because she has cancer, but because she wants the nutritional value of this particular spice in her weekly diet.

Once again, if any of you have already tried saffron, please send along your recipes and experiences and I will post them here. 

Good luck everyone in your fight against cancer and remember to keep positive and never quit - even when the going gets very rough!


 Dr Oz explained that cancer cells grow through bringing and building their own blood supply in your body.  The saffron can actually enter the cancer cells and send a signal that causes the cancer to “commit suicide.” 


Cheryl said...

Definitely worth including it in our diets. Tumeric is another good one Deb. Wish we had Dr Oz on free to air in Australia.

Whidbey Woman said...

Hi Deb, This is very interesting!!!
Thanks for passing along this info.