Transcript: Saffron vs. Prozac
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In the double-blind, randomized, and placebo-controlled trial of saffron for PMS symptoms, the researchers also noticed a significant drop in symptoms of depression as well. Well, duh; it’s probably because they just felt so much better. But, researchers decided to put it to the test.
Millions of Americans suffer from depression each year; a disabling disease that can even end up fatal—due to suicide.
Enter saffron. A double blind, randomized trial: saffron versus Prozac. For six weeks, 40 outpatients diagnosed with clinical depression got capsules containing the spice saffron—or, identical-looking capsules, containing Prozac.
Within just one week, a significant drop in depression symptoms that got better and better throughout the six weeks. One of those lines is the Prozac group; the other, the saffron group. And, as you can see, it doesn’t really matter which is which, because they both worked equally well. Of course, 20% percentage of Prozac users suffered from sexual dysfunction—an all too common side effect—whereas not one did in the saffron group.
“[P]atients and their families may view [quote unquote] alternative medicine that is, those treatments that are not traditionally taught in medical schools or generally practiced by clinicians, as being complementary or even superior to conventional medicine.” But in the majority of cases, there is simply no evidence to support that.
But, in the case of saffron, the evidence is growing.
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