Saffron, which is often added to dessert can actually boost weight loss for a variety of reasons. Since ancient times this spice has been used as a weight loss agent in countries such as Persia, Spain, India, and Greece. But Recently, this spice has caught the attention of researchers and is currently being studied extensively for its many health benefits such as protective effects on the brain, its ability to balance moods, its potential to help you lose weight, and more.
Let’s have a detailed look as to why this is and the science behind it all;
Crocin, a compound found in saffron has the ability to prevent the function of absorbing fat in the body by blocking an enzyme that helps fat absorption called the pancreatic lipase. So instead of your body storing the fat to use as a source of energy, it is eliminated through faeces therefore resulting in fat loss.
Compared to weight loss drugs such as orlistat which also inhibits fat absorption, saffron is less effective but does not cause any negative side effects or damage to the liver to the individual because it is completely natural unlike the drug.
Saffron can aid in weight loss in other ways as well, by increasing the brain’s levels of serotonin; a chemical that regulates the mood you are more likely to make smart decisions about your diet and avoid compulsive eating/unnecessary snacking altogether. So in short, saffron elevates your mood, which in turn reduces your desire to snack.
Best of all, Saffron is generally safe for most people and easy to add to your diet. Try incorporating saffron into your favorite dishes to take advantage of its potential aid in weight loss and plethora of other health benefits.
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