Saffr’Activ® is rich in many active compounds such as crocins, safranal, picrocrocins, flavonoids and carotenoids, each displaying health benefits. Crocins and safranal are the two major biologically active ingredients of saffron flower. Crocins are carotenoid coupounds responsible for the red color of the stigmas. Safranal is an organic coupound, responsible for the aroma.
Although many saffron producers standardize their product considering safranal content, Green Plants Extracts have chosen to propose a new standardization based on crocins. Two main reasons explain the discontinuation of safranal standardization:
On the contrary, several pharmacokinetic studies are available in the scientific literature for oral ingestion of crocins. Crocins studies through dietary ingestion are widely published, proving the true health benefits of crocins on mices, rats & humans (more than 100 peer reviewed publications).
All together, these elements lead GPE to go beyond the safranal standardization, and focus instead on the most relevant and studied active compounds in saffron: crocins.
Saffr’Activ® is now standardized in crocins 3% minimum, guaranteed by strict UV and HPLC detection analyses. Saffr’Activ® has the highest concentration of active compounds in the market. This evolution enables the customers to have an even better ingredient, with an enhanced efficacy and backed by our proprietary Clinical Study and numerous scientific publications.