Research About Saffron for Emotional health
It’s often been said that saffron makes you happy, but is there any truth to these claims? Saffron is divine when used to spice up and add flavour to your cooked meals, desserts and drinks but there is a lot more to the world’s most expensive spice than just good flavour.
Traditionally used in Persian cultures as medicine(see the research breakdown), saffron has real-life healing powers that have been proven through not only centries of past down wisdom and knowledge but through official clinical trials too.
Saffron has been traditionally used as a calming, antidepressant with anti-inflammatory properties. The notion that saffron ‘makes you happy’ comes from the very real evidence that saffron can and does boost your serotonin production, which is a key element to naturally boosting your mood without the harsh chemicals that come with prescribed medicines.
Studies on Saffron for Mood Support
Many studies have shown that both the Crocus sativus (saffron flower) and the stigmas of the crocus bulb (where the saffron threads live) have strong mood-boosting qualities. While studies, as outlined by Hosseinzadeh (2004), show that the compounds of safranal and crocin have excellent abilities to balance dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin in animals, studies have also shown there are significant benefits to using saffron to treat anxiety and depression in people.
There have been several studies with people experiencing depression and anxiety that have been carried out over time using and testing the effectiveness of saffron against anti-depressant drugs. An 8-week trial double-blind trial conducted in Iran on 40 depressed adults found that saffron was just almost just effective as Prozac (Fluoxetine) where saffron was administered at 15mg and Prozac at 10mg. The difference in effectiveness was a mere 10% which an attractive margin considering the side effects that come with drugs like Prozac. In a similar study conducted against older styles of antidepressant drugs, saffron was found to be significantly more effective.
In 2014 and 2013 studies that used saffron as an antidepressant were analysed and audited. Not only did this audit confirm saffron as an effective antidepressant treatment, but it also determined that saffron is highly effective in the treatment of mild to moderate Alzheimer’s- more so than the effectiveness of prescribed drugs.
Treatment for Patients with Depression and Anxiety
There are many positives that come from the effectiveness of taking saffron for depression. A randomized controlled trial conducted in 2014 by Ali Talaei and his team found that ‘herbal remedies play an important role in treatment of psychiatric disorders’ (Talaei, 2015). This makes one of the major positives is that for those who wish to take a natural route for curing or alleviating symptoms of their depression naturally, there is the option to take saffron. Additionally, another positive is that for those who are already on and enjoying anti-depressant drugs they can use saffron as well with no added side effects, only higher results with treating depression.
Saffron does not just treat low moods for those suffering with depression. In actual fact, saffron treats a range of other side effects that come with depression too, especially those that impact the sex drive. Saffron has been seen to be very helpful for men who experience low sex drive or erectile dysfunction due to depression or anxiety. Erectile dysfunction is also a common side effect from antidepressants, so taking saffron to effectively alleviate that side effect is a huge positive.
Spice for a Saffron antidepressant
Gut health is inexplicably linked to mental health. Your gut has it’s own brain and system for cleansing and restoring itself. For this reason, it needs the right nutrients to be balanced and healthy. Saffron has high levels of Vitamin B, anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which allows it to fight off free radicals, relieve your body and brain cells of oxidative stress and also can help with weight loss and symptoms of PMS.
Saffron can also make your immune system stronger by helping tto relax the muscles in your digestive tract and reduce inflammation from your gut to your brain. These same chemical compounds that make up saffron also effect the levels of serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine in the brain. So, in simple terms, a proper, nutrient rich diet benefits your gut health which in turn benefits your overal health and happiness.
How To Use Saffron as a Supplement
The easiest and safest way to introduce saffron into your diet and life is by cooking with the spice. Luckily, it is delicious and will do more than just transform your mental health- it will transform your cooking palette too. The amount of saffron used in meals is low, yet effective so you will never risk overdosing on saffron (which can happen at high doses). Learning to cook with saffron will be healing in itself and will not only benefit you, but everyone you are cooking for too.
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