Exciting New Research to Stop Sugar Cravings

Who hasn’t felt an intense desire for chocolate, ice cream, cake or candy?  Exciting new research into a spice extract sheds light on our yearning for the sweet stuff.  It may also help us eliminate our sweet tooth for good.

Research shows that an extract of the spice saffron (Crocus sativus) gets to the root of sweet cravings and helps eliminate them.  It appears to work by regulating brain pathways in what is now referred to as the “Feed-Feedback Cycle.”

To put it simply, when we feel stress, anxiety, or depression—even mildly, our brain hormones may become imbalanced.  Once we eat some type of comfort food, the brain releases chemicals that promote the feeling of fullness and reward.  But, unfortunately we may become locked in an eat-reward cycle where we get a feel-good hormone burst after eating something tasty but unhealthy.  Other research shows that the worse this Feed-Feedback Cycle is, the more likely we are to become obese.  This feedback cycle is the same as that involved in drug addiction.

Saffron extract may be the solution. In one study published in Nutrition Research found that between-meal snacking was reduced by 55% when participants took saffron extract.  Another study published in the journal Nutraveris found that between-meal snacking was reduced by 51% in women after only 4 weeks of taking the saffron extract.  Monitoring snacking frequency is used as a gauge for cravings.  In addition to snacking less, the women reported reduced feelings of hunger before meals, a reduced “need” to snack between meals, greater energy and alertness.

Keep reading to learn the most effective dose…The researchers believe that saffron works by increasing serotonin levels.  Serotonin is a feel-good neurotransmitter which is also called 5-hydroxytryptamine.  It is a hormone secreted by the pineal gland and central nervous system, the digestive tract, and blood platelets.  It plays an important role in the regulation of mood, sleep, learning, and the constriction of blood vessels.  In addition to appetite regulation, it may be involved in anxiety or migraines.

Study participants took a daily dose of 176.5 mg of a proprietary saffron extract to obtain the best appetite and craving regulation effects.  Participants taking the placebo had no change in appetite or cravings.  The women taking saffron also had another surprising result:  they lost an average of 3.63 pounds over the course of four weeks, primarily as fat from their thighs.  Both studies were randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind studies on humans.

Saffron is a spice from the flower of a particular crocus plant (Crocus sativus) which is indigenous to southwest Asia.  It contains many medically-active compounds, but the two that have generated the greatest attention are crocin and safranal.  Increasing amounts of research are showing that saffron helps with depression, anxiety, emotional stress, and may even have cancer-suppressing properties.

In traditional medicine and folk medicine, saffron has been used as a pain remedy, to assist with poor digestion, and to treat high blood pressure, high cholesterol, respiratory diseases, and Alzheimer’s disease.

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Duane B.
.3 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Donna Hamilton
Donna Hamilton3 years ago

Thanks for the info.

Roger M.
Past Member 3 years ago


Garnet Jenny Fulton
Past Member 3 years ago

This is very interesting because a sugar craving is one of the most difficult cravings to fight, but necessary to fight because the sugar cycle just keeps you bouncing and falling and overall just feeling terrible at the end of the day. Thanks for sharing the news.

Shanti S.
S S.3 years ago

Thank you.

Robyn Town
Robyn Town3 years ago

Once you get the sugar out of your system, its much easier to keep cravings at bay.

Sue H.
sue H.3 years ago

Just pay attention when you eat lots of sugar ... do thing hurt that do not otherwise hurt? Like maybe your knees or other joints? When you listen you learn and then you act. Pay attention and you will naturally stop the poison. Everything in moderation. or less is best.

Kamryn M.
Kay M.3 years ago


heather g.
heather g.4 years ago

My first thoughts were on the top-of-the-range saffron produced in Iran. Iranian cooking has a wonderful, tempting array of aromas and they regularly use saffron - which they produce in Iran. Yes, it is expensive in the West, so I imagine the extract of saffron would be astronomically priced.

Considering how often saffron is used in their cooking, it strikes me as odd that their tasty sweets have so much sugar. There is always a vast array of interesting homemade sweets... That is my experience in Vancouver BC, where there are many people of Iranian descent. I remember walking past their apartment doors and virtually swooning from inhaling their fine cooking with heady aromas.

Summerannie Moon
Summerannie M.4 years ago

a pinch of saffron is the price of kings. It is very expensive indeed esp. when you get a small piece and remember saffron threads are as thin or thinner than a strand of hair so remember to go take a look to find it.....this is real saffron however you can buy powder which is a totally different price, so check it out first, but it does suppose to work.