The spice saffron appears to improve both the emotional and physical symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.
PMS, is among the most common health problem reported by women, affecting approximately 1 in 3, and there’s not much modern medicine has to offer. Ancient traditional medicine, though, in Asia and Persia used a spice called saffron to treat menstrual disorders, but what did they know? That was 3,500 years ago, in fact the earliest recorded use of any medicinal plant. Didn’t they know you can’t really know anything unless it’s put through a double-blind, randomized, placebo controlled trial? Well, it took 3,500 years but we finally have it.
Women experiencing PMS for at least 6 months were randomly assigned to a capsule of saffron versus a capsule of, nothing and low and behold “saffron was found to be effective in relieving symptoms of PMS.”
Check it out, reported PMS symptoms significantly dropped even within the first cycle and continued to improve. This included changes in “mood (anxiety, irritability, depression, nervous tension, mood swings and feelings of being out of control), behaviour (poor coordination, insomnia, confusion, headache, crying and fatigue), pain (aches, cramps, and tenderness) and other physical symptoms including cravings and swelling), all thanks to a little powder, from the saffron crocus.
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Remember saffron from my videos Saffron for the Treatment of Alzheimer’s and Saffron Versus Aricept? See my blog Natural Alzheimer’s Treatment for some context and my post on other natural remedies: Amla: Indian Gooseberries vs. Cancer, Diabetes, and Cholesterol. I have another 5 dozen or so videos on women's health, one of more than a thousand topics I cover. This is the first of a 3-part video series on the latest on this plant powerful spice. Tomorrow's NutritionFacts.org video-of-the-day Wake Up and Smell the Saffron is even more unbelievable than today's, and I wrap up with a head-to-head comparison: Saffron vs. Prozac.
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