Today, chemists have found that saffron contains antioxidants and anti-cancer properties. Saffron contains many complex compounds.The spice was used so extensively as a healing remedy that wars were sparked in the middle ages over Saffron shipments because of the belief it cured plagues. Remember, it takes thousands and thousands of flowers to make a very small amount of the spice. This is why the spice was so highly prized. You can use saffron in sauces, teas, rice puddings, or in potatoes.