As an integrative psychiatric nurse practitioner, I’m all about using natural treatments that are backed by scientific evidence.
🌱 Saffron is one of them.
Saffron is a spice that has been used for thousands of years for its culinary and medicinal properties.
In recent years, there’s been a lot of buzz around saffron because research has shown that saffron may have potential benefits for mental health issues like depression, anxiety and ADHD.
One of the key active compounds in saffron is safranal, which is shown to have antidepressant effects in animal studies.
Saffron also contains compounds called crocins and crocetins, which have been shown to have anti-anxiety effects.
Studies have shown that saffron supplementation may reduce symptoms of depression.
→ A 2013 study found that saffron supplementation was as effective as Prozac (a common antidepressant medication) in treating mild-to-moderate depression in adults.
→ Another study found that saffron supplementation was helpful in reducing symptoms of postpartum depression in new mothers.
Saffron may also reduce symptoms of anxiety.
→ A 2015 study found that saffron supplementation was effective in reducing symptoms of generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) in adults.
→ Another study found that saffron supplementation was helpful in reducing symptoms of anxiety and depression in adolescents with social anxiety disorder.
While more research is needed to fully understand the potential benefits of saffron for mental health, early studies suggest that it may be a promising natural treatment option.
Keep in mind that saffron supplements can interact with certain medications, so it’s important to talk to your healthcare provider before adding it into your regimen.
If you are struggling with depression, anxiety, or another mental health issue and you’re curious about natural treatments, schedule a free call to learn how I can help.
Josh Habansky PMHNP, Pacific Integrative Psychiatry