Saffron Aroma in Associative Memory


What is an associative memory?

Julie’s experiences about saffron aroma from her work experience in a food company is fascinating.

Julie is a flavor chemist. Julie’s family loves saffron dishes. Saffron spice’s most abundant constituent, safranal, is an essential oil that gives it its distinct aroma. The aroma triggers particular patterns of activity in our brain, and joins the others, like the smell of coffee, or a particular scent, or a smell of a birthday cake; become linked with one another in a vast associative network of neurons in the hippocampus and becomes a fixed association. For example, a very specific key, saffron aroma tasted in a saffron party unlock the whole of association. The original fade away from memory lights up like a candlelight and suddenly you’re back in the memory. A particular scent used by your girlfriend on our first date resurface momentarily.

Marcel has known saffron spice since he was a child. He does not remember when exactly he fell in love with the saffron flavor. Marcel knew only its culinary use. His mother used to add enough saffron to a pan of bubbling rice to make it be a fabulous dish, and they would all love it. Ever since Marcel became Julie’s friend, he becomes more enthusiastic about finding a connection of saffron flavor in remembering past events erased by memory.

Marcel believes that there is a memory connected between the saffron dishes and important social events. Marcel hears many stories about how the memory of the smell or taste of saffron improved memory loss. For example, Marcel sees the influence of the memory of saffron in older adults’ favorite dishes that have been enjoyed across the generations and cultures. In his research, Marcel found many documentations of use of saffron in many areas of medicine. The saffron flower’s medicinal use expresses complexity and uncertainty.

Saffron is a wonder spice. It has been widely used as an herbal medicine since ancient times. Saffron promotes learning and boosts memory. Hence, scientists are confident that saffron would be useful in the treatment of age-linked cognitive impairment. Recent studies in experimental animals have demonstrated that saffron extract does affect learning. This effect was attributed to crocin and opened up its future possibilities as a treatment for neurodegenerative disorders that accompany memory loss.

Madeleine believes that she has discovered the secret of saffron spice. The secret is in a particular variety of saffron. Depending upon the type where it is grown and how it is handled, its potency and efficacy are as different as its color and fragrance.

Madeleine convinced Marcel that she had studied many varieties of saffron in the past to understand them and to have kept notes. She believes that a certain variety saffron in a diet can help improve mild cognitive impairments of old age.


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