The Saffron Weight Loss Connection
After listening to Dr Oz’ episode on Saffron, I was intrigued enough to investigate whether the report from Oz was true or just another gimmick? Come to find out that Saffron may offer promising new solutions for weight loss! The only negative fact about Saffron is that it is difficult to harvest, thus an expensive end consumer product.The following will explain the facts about SAFFRON, how it works with the mind and body, and also where to find reputable manufacture with a quality, “none-placebo” product. Read on about the “good news”…..
2010 Study on Saffron and Serotonin:
Based on recent findings in a 2010 study, it has been proposed that saffron extracts might inhibit serotonin reuptake in synapses. Inhibiting synaptic serotonin reuptake keeps this mood-elevating neurotransmitter in the brain longer, enhancing its positive side effects while combating depression which may also lead to weight loss. This proposed mechanism is supported by recent animal studies demonstrating antidepressant properties in extracts of multiple parts of the saffron plant.27
Saffron extracts have also demonstrated efficacy in managing mild to moderate depression and anxiety in humans, the same disorders that drive emotional eating. This suggests a novel alternative to antidepressant drugs and to weight loss pharmaceuticals.
What You Need to Know: Saffron Extract
A historic 2010 study conclusively demonstrated that the neurochemical processes behind compulsive eating and drug addiction are identical, suggesting a neurological intervention for appetite control and other addictive intervention.
- No safe, effective drug exists to favorably alter the neurochemistry of appetite control, and some, like fen-phen, have proven deadly,
- A proprietary extract of saffron has been shown to reduce the impulses behind uncontrolled between-meal snacking safely and effectively,
- Scientists believe it works primarily by boosting levels of serotonin, reducing the depression, anxiety, and stress central to compulsive eating,
- Saffron extract has been shown to be as effective as the tricyclic antidepressant drug imipramine and the SSRI fluoxetine (Prozac) in managing depression — with no side effects.
- By targeting the neurochemistry at the root of compulsive eating behavior, Saffron extract serves as a safe, natural way to reduce caloric intake and induce weight loss.
Extracts of saffron have been proven superior to placebo for management of mild to moderate depression in a number of controlled clinical trials, consistently producing better outcomes. Saffron extracts also outperformed placebo in a related study of premenstrual symptoms. The premenstrual phase is often accompanied by depressed mood and caloric over-consumption, thus saffron also helps with depression and weight loss regarding PMS.
Even more compelling are the comparative data on saffron and prescription antidepressants. In one study, just 30 mg of standardized saffron extract delivering active constituents such as safranal and crocin produced results similar to 100 mg of the tricyclic antidepressant. The same amount of saffron extract produced results identical to the popular selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI) fluoxetine (Prozac) in separate trials. Saffron produced no side effects, while the antidepressants produced a familiar list of negative side effects, including dry mouth and sedation.
Emotional and compulsive eating have ties to anxiety as well as depression. Animal studies show that safranal possesses anti-anxiety (anxiolytic) properties without affecting coordination or motor activity. One pre-clinical model found that saffron extracts were as effective as diazepam (Valium) at reducing manifestations of anxiety.
A complementary body of research indicates a positive role for saffron extracts containing safranal as an optimal intervention for stress and anxiety and overall weightloss. — core factors in the development of eating compulsions or anorexic behaviors.
Habitual Snacking: A Dangerous Seesaw Effect Snacking isn’t necessarily dangerous … but it can be. It depends on the snack food. Every time you ingest a snack rich in sugar, you’re unknowingly subjecting your body to what clinicians oral glucose tolerance test. You’re placing a stressful demand on your body to produce excessive amounts of insulin to drive down the abrupt spike in blood sugar caused by the snack food you just ingested. This insulin spike then causes a sudden decline in blood sugar levels and that decline triggers yet another hunger episode. The result is a seesaw of mutually reinforcing impulses that may culminate in a dangerous cycle of uncontrolled eating. Many compulsive eaters focus on weight management without recognizing the centrality of this extremely detrimental physiological process to their suffering. Reducing your exposure to these endless fluctuations in blood glucose is the key to taking control of your compulsion to eat. Modulating the neurochemical factors behind habitual snacking can help.
Natural Anxiety and Stress Control Treating anxiety with benzodiazepines like Valium (diazepam) may be temporarily effective but it produces significant side effects — among them impaired memory. In contrast, saffron extracts not only reduce the depression and anxiety that can lead to emotional eating, they prevent memory impairment. In fact, saffron extracts have been shown to enhance memory.
Summary A historic 2010 study conclusively demonstrated that the neurochemical processes behind compulsive eating and drug dependency are identical — suggesting a novel neurological intervention for appetite control. While no safe, effective drug exists to favorably alter the neurochemistry of appetite, a proprietary saffron extract has been shown to reduce uncontrolled between-meal snacking without side effects.
- A complementary body of research indicates a positive role for saffron extracts containing safranal as an optimal intervention for stress and anxiety — core factors in the development of eating compulsions.
- At the core of saffron’s power is a scientifically validated ability to boost levels of serotonin, reducing the depression, anxiety, and stress central to compulsive eating.
These effects, prized in traditional Persian medicine and corroborated by a team of pioneering French researchers, have been shown to be equal in potency to the tricyclic imipramine and the SSRI fluoxetine (Prozac) in managing depression. By targeting the neurochemistry at the root of compulsive eating behavior, saffron extract serves as a safe, natural way to reduce caloric intake and induce weight loss.
Purchasing Information- Saffron is the most expensive spice in the world
Saffron is a spice derived from the flower of Crocus sativus, commonly known as the saffron crocus. Dried stigmas from the saffron flower are used mainly in various cuisines as a seasoning and colouring agent. Saffron, long among the world’s most costly spices by weight. is native to Southwest Asia and was first cultivated in Greece..
Saffron’s bitter taste and hay-like fragrance result from the chemicals picrocrocin and safranal. It also contains a carotenoid dye, crocin, which imparts a rich golden-yellow hue to dishes and textiles. Iran now accounts for approximately 90 per cent of the world production of saffron. Because each flower’s stigmas need to be collected by hand and there are only a few per flower, saffron is the most expensive spice in the world. Expect to pay more money for saffron then you would normally pay for other holistic products due to the difficult harvesting process. Make sure you are using a reputable company for purchasing the product.
Dosage and Use: Take one capsule twice daily (morning and evening) with food or as recommended by a healthcare practitioner.
Caution and Side Effects: Do not exceed recommended dose. Consult with your healthcare practitioner before using this product if you are taking anti-coagulant or anti-platelet medications or if you have a bleeding disorder or kidney disease. Avoid use during pregnancy.
- Keep Saffron A, for depression support, appetite control/suppressants out of reach of children,
- Do not exceed recommended dose,
- If you have a bad reaction or unwanted side effects, discontinue use immediately,
When using Saffron A for depression support, appetite control/suppressants to lose weight, please inform your physician.
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