Depression is recognized as an illness that is associated with traits like sadness, isolation, loss of interest, diminishing ability to enjoy life and feeling like a burden to loved ones. While these are all known costs to quality of life, conventional medicine seems to only believe that toxic drugs are the solution. Depression affects about 20% of the population and current treatment methods are ineffective.
Undesirable side effects and the heavy cost of medication are two major drawbacks to conventional treatment programs for depression. Even the pharmaceutical industry warns consumers about their own products by stating that antidepressant drug users may experience more fatigue, dizziness, anxiety, agitation, depression and suicidal tendencies. Just one look at the “warning” label on most antidepressant medications and I can hardly believe this stuff can legally be sold to the public.
Many natural healthcare providers and their patients are looking for a better way to eliminate mood disorders. Saffron is a popular natural remedy that researchers are now looking at for the treatment of depression.
Saffron was used as an antidepressant in Traditional Medicine. The saffron threads are obtained from the petal part, the most expensive part of the herb, and also the stigma of the plant. A chemical analysis reveals that more than 150 components in saffron stigmas and carotenoids and monoterpene aldehydes were found to be more powerful components in saffron.
The volatile compounds, bitter principles and the dye materials in saffron are considered the primary constituents that are responsible for the anticovulsant, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. One study revealed that anxiety was alleviated by simply smelling saffron. Saffron triggered salivary secretion and significantly decreased the physiological bio-markers for stress.
This suggested that saffron can act as a potent side-effect free antidepressant. The active constituents in saffron – crocetin and crocin – were identified to exhibit protection from neuro-degenerative disorders like, memory loss and depression.
What do the studies say about saffron?
In one study, 30 adults with depression were given either saffron supplements or a common medication used for depression every day for six weeks. The findings of the study concluded that saffron was effective as an antidepressant and showed similar effects as a conventional depression medication.
Naturally, when it comes to ‘proper dosage’ – it’s important to work with a qualified healthcare provider to find what works best for you.
Are there any safety concerns with saffron?
Saffron is generally regarded as safe to use in cooking, however researchers warn that consuming high amounts of saffron – every day – may lead to side effects including dry mouth, nausea, dizziness and headaches.
The long term effects of consuming saffron on a daily basis is not yet known. If you intend to consume this herb, as a supplement, consult your doctor regarding the dosage and safety.
Depression has been an increasingly significant health concern over the past several decades.
It's been 3 days since my first use of IKS Saffron. I have used it in warm water and honey and other times I would just pinch a bit and chew it up. Either way tastes very good.
It is amazing to watch the brilliant ruby red Saffron turn the cup of water into an almost bright gold color.
About 20 minutes after drinking my first cup of Saffron with honey, I started to notice that I wasn't having the horrible intestinal discomfort and the bad mood that went along with the abdominal pain. Wow !!! I have been using the Saffron everyday since it came in the mail.
I am very grateful and thankful to you all for the best, the purest and the most carefully handled Saffron.
Thank you again IKS, and I will be ordering more very soon for my mother.
Charles Van Buren
very happy with the product.
tested it and it made me happy. Thanks IKS
This is the 2nd buy of this product and we will buy it again. Great quality! Fast delivery!
I was searching for a good quality saffron and my search ended here. The quality is very good. I wanted to gift this to someone whom I like and they liked it very much. I recommend this product. For people who haven't ordered before, you can blindly order one without any problem. The only problem I faced was that IKS team couldn't trace delivery address quite easily as it was a remote location. IKS team was very cooperative and was just a msg away through WhatsApp, much appreciated.