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Exciting New Research to Stop Sugar Cravings

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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11:42AM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

7:54AM PDT on Mar 25, 2013

Thanks for the info.

11:19AM PST on Feb 4, 2013


11:05AM PST on Feb 4, 2013

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.

12:47PM PST on Feb 3, 2013

Thank you.

12:23PM PST on Feb 3, 2013

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

10:20AM PST on Feb 3, 2013

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.

7:00AM PDT on Nov 1, 2012


12:47AM PDT on Sep 2, 2012

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.

12:06AM PDT on Aug 31, 2012

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.

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