Saffron has a long history in herbal medicine and it’s been used in various countries to treat weight-loss, depression, gynecological problems, etc. When used as a weight-loss aid, saffron reduces appetite and cravings, and increases brain levels of serotonin and, in turn, help prevent compulsive overeating and the associated weight gain.
Saffron shows promise as a means of controlling compulsive eating, according to a small study published in Nutrition Research in 2010. For the study, healthy women who were mildly overweight took either a saffron-containing supplement or a placebo every day for eight weeks. Caloric intake was unrestricted. Study results showed that members of the saffron group experienced a significantly greater decrease in snacking and a significantly greater reduction in body weight compared to members of the placebo group. The study’s authors note that saffron’s supposedly mood-enhancing effects could contribute to the decrease in snacking frequency.
The antidepressant effects of saffron as well greatly reduce overeating caused by depression without any side effects of antidepressant drugs. Researchers found that saffron is just as effective in reducing symptoms of mild to moderate depression as imipramine (Tofranil) without the dry mouth and sedation that comes with the prescription. Studies showed similar effects when comparing saffron and fluoxetine (Prozac).
Take saffron Daily with your tea/coffee
Based on numerous research found on the subject we suggest adding a pinch of saffron to tea and coffee daily can have a great impact on your weight loss journey and help you to live a happier and healthier life.