Here's our story
As Hippocrates said in 400 BC: "Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food”, we believe that Mother Nature offers the best solutions for humans. Nature has served as the best sources for drugs that cure diseases, or supplements that support and maintain health. Discovery of safe and potent natural ingredients is the key to a flourishing lifestyle.
Many of today’s age-related health conditions are caused by a combination of multiple risk factors over time. Hardly any drug acting on single target or mechanism is effective in treating these age-related health conditions. Early preventive measures including dietary intervention, exercise, etc. can help reduce risks and onset of disease.
Dietary supplements formulated with clinically proven effective doses of new, safe, and potent dietary ingredients can be one of the best alternatives. They are able to enhance and maintain healthy aging and quality of life through synergistic and multi-target actions.
Combining the most update clinical and preclinical research with ancient wisdom of herbal/spice healing, we develop and provide unique dietary supplements by maximizing bioavailability, synergy and multi-target effects of the newest and most potent dietary ingredients to boost and support vision, memory, cognition, mood, mobility, overall health, and healthy aging.
Our mission is to provide nature’s best, safest and most effective dietary solutions for health-conscious consumers to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
Our Scientists Team
Saffron Health Sciences' products are developed by a team of highly trained scientists with advanced degrees in medicinal chemistry, pharmaceutical biochemistry, phytochemistry, traditional Chinese medicine, and food science. Collectively, these scientists have many years’ experiences working with the largest international pharmaceutical, nutraceutical and food companies in Asia and North America developing both natural and synthetic health ingredients and products.
The Founder’s Story
In August 2013, my mother passed away with Alzheimer’s disease at the age of 83. For a few years before her passing my mother began forgetting things and recent events. She could not recognize people she knew, frequently tried to go out to meet old friends she imagined waiting for her, hallucinated various situations, lost self-control, and declined physically. In one incident, my mother began to speak loudly, as if addressing an invisible crowd of people, for days without stopping. She could not be calmed or stopped by any family members and friends. Eventually her loud volume and non-stop speech led to her neighbors losing patience with her and calling the police.
Following this incident my mother was admitted to a mental hospital. At that time, I couldn’t rush back to China from the United States. In phone calls to her hospital in China, I could hear her constantly asking for me and wondering where I was. I could not hold back my tears in those moments. It was so painful not to be able to be there with my mother. After undergoing treatment for over half a year, her symptoms improved and she was allowed to return home with a prescribed medication. However, in all her calls to me she would complain about the serious side effects of the medication. When she felt better, she not only reduced the dose, but also stopped taking the medication later because of how it made her feel. This period of respite only lasted a few months. Shortly after that, her situation took a turn for the worse.
I went back and accompanied during her second hospitalization in a mental unit. I witnessed her failing mobility and memory, as well as hallucinations. She would repeatedly tell stories that had occurred a long time ago. At mealtimes, she would ask me to get my father out from under the bed so we could have a meal together. She would also tell me that her best friend came to visit her, and she would need to go out to meet her friend. Treatment with memantine and other available medications only alleviated her cognitive symptoms for a short time. After being released from the hospital, my mother was able to go out for a walk holding my father’s hand. Those moments seeing them walking together while holding hands and my father giving massages to my mother were the most precious memories I have of my parents. Coming back to the United States, I kept constant calls with them. In about a half year, her situation became critical, and the dreaded call came to me to go back for a final farewell.
I rushed back to China to stay by her bedside in her final days. In the morning before I arrived she was still able to speak but by the time I got there, she was already unable to say anything. Her eyes were able to track me around the room, but she could not speak. Regrettably, I was not able to hear any final words from her except when she called my name during a flashback right before her passing. I was absolutely heartbroken.
Even though I am a highly educated scientist with a PhD, at the time I did not realize my mother’s subsequent passing was due to Alzheimer’s disease. In fact I didn't even know the name of the disease my mother was suffering from. The doctors did not mention her diagnosis to me. Like many people, I thought that it was simply a natural consequence for some people to forget things when they get old. I now fully understand why most people have no real sense about the true and various symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Although I was presented with all the characteristic symptoms, I easily dismissed it as the consequences of growing old rather than the effects of this debilitating disease.
While coping with this deep loss I discovered that there is no real cure or effective preventative treatment for this disease. I committed myself to finding its causes and a possible solution to help reduce the risk of this devastating health condition. I attended various Alzheimer’s disease patient care support group meetings, met and discussed with doctors at different Alzheimer’s disease clinical research centers, studied possible causes and mechanisms. From a wide range of basic, preclinical and clinical research in brain science, Alzheimer’s disease, and related fields, I learned that Alzheimer’s and many other age-related neurodegenerative diseases are caused by a combination of multiple risk factors over time. These risk factors can range from ones' genetics, health conditions, lifestyle and living environment.
To me, aging with good eyesight, mobility, brain health, and quality of life is a very important issue. Witnessing my mother’s extreme difficulties dealing with Alzheimer’s has inspired me to fight Alzheimer’s and other age-related neurodegenerative diseases through a science-based, natural and effective multi-target approach. It is my utmost desire to be able to help others maintain a healthy mental state to be able to sustain a clear memory and high quality of life.
The fact is that our memory, thought, language, and other cognitive functions are formed as the results of bioelectric waves passing through billions of nerve cells - also known as neurons, and the neuronal network linked by synapses in our brain. But human brains are very special. If neurons in our brain die, they are largely lost forever. Up to now, scientists have confirmed regrowth of neurons or neurogenesis only occurs in two small areas in adult human brains, the hippocampus and subventricular zone. These two small areas account for no more than 3% of the whole brain. The hippocampus is an important area for memory formation and a few other cognitive functions. However, the hippocampus is also the earliest and most seriously affected area by Alzheimer's disease. That is why in brain scans of late-stage Alzheimer's patients you will see an empty area at the hippocampus compared to a full hippocampus in a healthy adult brain.
As we age, many internal and external risk factors can damage and cause the death of neurons, disrupt synapses, as well as interfere with the regrowth of hippocampal neurons in the brain. Just to name a few, studies have shown bacteria in the mouth, infection of viruses (COVID causes brain fog), chronic stress, deprived sleep, environmental dust, drug/toxin, etc. all increase the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Accumulated or elevated levels of beta-amyloid (Aβ), hp-Tau protein, and inflammatory markers (IL-6, TNF-α, etc.) in the brain are also considered as root factors to Alzheimer’s disease. For many people over the age of 50 or 60, abnormal and extensive loss of neurons will lead to problems of memory, learning, focus, and other age-related health issues.
Currently available drugs and treatments for Alzheimer’s diseases were developed to simply target single risk factors or biomarkers and have only temporary benefits. They are also not disease-modifying and ineffective in long term treatment.
Big pharmaceutical companies and most drug development programs have been ignoring the multiple causes leading to loss of neurons, synapses, and eventual Alzheimer’s disease. They are reluctant to mention that neurons are largely irreplaceable in the human brain and are focusing on therapies targeting single risk factors or biomarkers, such as amyloid (Aβ) or tau. This is exactly why even though hundreds of billions of dollars have been spent in developing Alzheimer’s drugs and hundreds of clinical trials have been conducted in the past decades, there is still no effective treatment or prevention for Alzheimer’s disease and other age-related neurodegenerative diseases, including macular degeneration, Parkinson’s, etc.
To treat or prevent these multifactorial caused health conditions, Mother Nature has always offered the best solutions. Natural products or new supplements formulated with a combination of potent and new ingredients could be a safe, effective, relatively low-cost alternative. The key is the discovery of safe, potent and clinically effective new natural ingredient(s).
Through years of research and identification of the best natural active ingredients, I’ve developed and standardized our key ingredient, Crocin Rich®. It is approved by the FDA as a new dietary ingredient (NDI).
With Crocin Rich®, I have developed and patented crocin based natural dietary compositions to boost health and fight multiple risk factors as we age. My patented supplements are scientifically formulated with effective amount of crocin and other natural antioxidants based on the latest clinical and preclinical research studies. These amazing products are for myself and those who believe in natural science and holistic health. It has been particularly rewarding to experience and see their many beneficial health effects on me and our customers.
Taking early action with our effective multi-component supplements reduces multiple risk factors. This natural, synergistic and multi-target intervention is the best approach to support lasting healthy memory, vision, mobility, energy, and quality of life. Don’t wait for an age-related medical condition to develop and only to be treated by ineffective drugs. Prevention is always the best medicine. It is my hope to see a healthier aging population who can enjoy longer and happier lives with their family members and loved ones.