For over two thousand years, in countries such as Iran, Spain, India, and Greece; saffron has been used not only in food but also as herbal medicine. Saffron is commonly preached in a variety of health magazines and health shows because of its superfood qualities it is extremely healthy and can help aid in weight loss by curbing one’s appetite and reducing cravings. Saffron is such a great natural appetite suppressant and is associated with weight loss because it increases brain levels of serotonin (a chemical is known to regulate mood) and, in turn, helps prevent binge eating/emotional eating.
Saffron threads show 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 mood-enhancing effects due to its ability to increase serotonin could contribute to the decrease in snacking frequency.
Being completely natural, saffron has few to no instances of causing side effects in individuals, and they have no unwanted calories attached to them.
So if you snack more than you’d like, saffron could help you cut down the habit.
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