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crocin

Pharmacognosy
A mixture of two flavonol glycosides, crocetin (a carotenoid-dicarboxylic acid) and alpha-crocin (a di-gentiobiose ester of crocetin), which are abundant in the stigmas and styles of saffron (Crocus sativus) flowers and have a prostaglandin-like structure. Intramuscular injection of crocetin in rabbits increases oxygen diffusion in plasma, and reduces serum cholesterol and the incidence of atherosclerosis.
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In one study, the saffron derivatives crocin and diglucosylcrocetin were shown to inhibit tumor cell markers emerging on the surface of virally infected cells in laboratory experiments.
Besides the antidepressive effects saffron extracts and especially its main secondary metabolite crocin has been used for the treatment of coronary diseases (for review see Kamalipour et al.
The study has investigated crocin effects on treating depression and anxiety comparing to placebo.
Preliminary in vivo and in vitro research into the antioxidant and antitumour properties of saffron or its active constituent crocin has highlighted potential in the prevention or treatment of cancer via reduced cell proliferation and progression along with increased cell apoptosis; however, further research is required.
These Canadian study scientists found that crocin, one of saffron's antioxidants, prevents damage to cells that make myelin.
It has been known in the research community for years that crocin protected neurons in certain situations, but Power and his team wanted to delve further into this area.
A recent animal study indicated an aphrodisiac activity in the aqueous extract and isolated constituent crocin.
The basic ingredient of crocus is crocin, the source of its strong coloring property.
During Emergencies such as Tsunami and the recent Bihar floods it distributed material in kind such as Crocin, biscuits as well as donation of office infrastructure.
TriNeuroPlex is standardized for the active crocin, and contains picocrocin and safranal.
Both crocin and crocetin play a crucial role in the sexual processes of algae.
Its product portfolio includes health drink products under brand names Horlicks, Boost, Maltova and Viva; analgesics such as, Crocin and Eno; and pain relief balms under Iodex brand.