When you think of saffron, the image that often comes to mind is that beautiful, exotic spice that is expensive to buy, thus used lovingly and sparingly in cooking.
However recent research has re-discovered the traditional medicinal properties of this amazing plant and shown incredible results in many areas of health, particularly mood disorders and cognitive decline.
Saffron for OptimalCognitive Function
An exciting area of recent research focuses on saffron and its positive impact on cognitive functioning. I’ve spoken before about the impact of chronic stress on the brain, namely the hippocampus.
Ongoing stress can lead to oxidative damage of the hippocampus which may impair memory and learning. It has been demonstrated that the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects of saffron has helped prevent oxidative stress in the hippocampus thus prevented deficits in spatial learning and memory.
Saffron – a must-have for Mood
One of the most well recognized effects of saffron (Crocus sativus) is its antidepressant activity.
A recent 4-week study researched the efficacy of saffron for improving mood, stress, anxiety and sleep quality. Results showed a significant decrease in negative mood and symptoms related to stress and anxiety.
Couple saffron with clinically trialled probiotic strains which reduced the stress-related gastrointestinal symptoms of nausea and abdominal pain as well as including B-group vitamins and zinc to support healthy neurotransmitter synthesis and leading companies are now making available amazing supplements we can access to address lowered mood and cognitive impairment.
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