Saffron May Spice Up Your Mood and Cool Your Appetite
Saffron (Crocus sativus L.) is a spice that has been cultivated for over 3,500 years for cooking, fragrance, dying cloth, and medicinal purposes.1 While saffron is a native plant of Southeast Asia, it was first cultivated by the Greeks. Recently, there has been a flurry of research that has validated its potential to lower the risk of several conditions, including compulsive eating and depression.
While researchers are still trying to discern the mechanisms of actions at play, they believe that saffron is able to increase serotonin, a neurotransmitter that is associated with a positive outlook and satiety. There have been a number of small placebo-controlled clinical studies on patients with depression that have reported saffron to have equaled to or better results than SSRI medications.According to a small randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical study of 60 moderately overweight women, those that took a saffron extract daily for eight (8) weeks had a reduction in snacking by 55% in comparison to the placebo group which realized a 28% decrease by the end of the study.
Beyond Biology has heard promising patient anecdotal feedback on the use of saffron as well. That coupled with the breadth of clinical studies, we are proud to introduce our Purely Saffron
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