Saffron: the ancient spice that lifts a low mood
© Viridian Nutrition 2017
The spice saffron is well known for its delicate flavour, but what you may not have heard is that saffron has a very long history of use for improving mood and mental health, and remains a popular remedy today with increasing research proving its benefits.
Saffron is derived from the autumn flowers of Crocus sativus, and has been traded and used by people for at least 4,000 years. A traditional Chinese text from the Mongol dynasty stated that “long-term ingestion causes a person’s heart to be happy,” and simply smelling saffron has been shown to lower the stress hormone cortisol and reduce symptoms of anxiety.
Several studies have explored the mood lifting effects of saffron, showing consistent benefit for mild-to-moderate depression when 30mg of extract is taken daily for six weeks.
Saffron has also been studied as a potential treatment for stress related over-eating. In a group of overweight women. It was found that saffron supplementation for eight weeks resulted in a significant decrease in snacking frequency and body weight.
So if you are feeling rundown, stressed, and low or have food cravings and need some support, try a daily intake of saffron to see if this wonderful spice can help give you the lift you need.
Consult your GP if currently taking prescribed antidepressants.
Saffron is the Viridian Ingredient of the Year 2018. After reviewing a vast array of nutrition and herbal research, and speaking with leading influencers, Viridian Nutrition, the ethical vitamin company with an organic heart, has duly recognised saffron, in further anticipation of its positive influence on health.
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