A head-to-head test of the spice saffron versus Prozac for the treatment of clinical depression.
In the double-blind, randomised 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 and even end up fatal, due to suicide.
Enter, Saffron. A double blind, randomized trial: saffron versus Prozac. For 6 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 6 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 effective. 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 “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 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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This is the third of three videos on the latest saffron research. Wednesday's NutritionFacts.org video-of-the-day Saffron for the Treatment of PMS is what's referred to at the start of this video, followed by yesterday'sNutritionFacts.org video-of-the-day Wake Up and Smell the Saffron, which described what even the scent of saffron may be able to do. If this one plant can have such a significant effect, what about a whole diet filled with plants? See Improving Mood Through Diet. I also have a 4-part video series on other plants that may be helpful starting with Human Neurotransmitters in Plants and ending with The Best Way to Boost Serotonin.
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