How Should Saffron Supplements Be Used For Weight Loss?

By Archie Aldrich
Saffron is a product of the plant known as Crocus sativus. It’s most popular application is in the kitchen, both as a spice and a coloring agent, but it may also be used to alleviate a wide range of health problems. But of all the benefits that it can offer, people are most interested about saffron for weight loss. Ever since being recommended by the great Dr. Oz, it has indeed gained worldwide fame.

Saffron for weight loss is said to be very effective primarily because it is able to curb one’s appetite and tone down cravings. One of the causes of weight gain is compulsive eating, usually as a reaction to emotional factors such as boredom, anxiety, and anger. People don’t really think about the quantity and quality of what they eat when under emotional stress and this ultimately leads to weight gain.

In a clinical study, experts reveal that the reason why saffron effectively minimizes appetite and cravings is because of its positive effect on the serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is said to have an influence on a person’s psychological and physiological functions that include mood and behavior. Having more of this hormone gives you better control of your cravings and appetite.

Dr. Oz wanted to verify the efficacy of saffron for weight loss so he invited two women having problems with emotional eating to participate in an experiment. Over the weekend the women took saffron supplements without calorie restriction. They both reported a significant decrease in their snacking, even when they were angry or upset. The first volunteer lost 3 pounds, while the other lost 5 pounds.

In another study that was published last 2010 in Nutrition Research, 60 mildly overweight women were divided into two groups, with the first group being given a saffron supplement while the other group was given a placebo. The group that took saffron for weight loss was able to reduce their snacking by a significant percentage while the other group had minimal results.

It is important to be aware that many of the clinical studies involving saffron for weight loss made use of Satiereal, a proprietary blend of saffron that has been mentioned by Dr. Oz in his show. According to studies, Satiereal saffron supplements can also help a person to shy away from sugary foods, which can be a big factor in additional weight gain.

While saffron extract has excellent weight-reducing properties, the other health benefits it can offer cannot be overlooked. Women who have taken this supplement were reported to have gained relief from menstrual cramps and heir premenstrual syndrome. It may also provide relief from coughs, asthma, dry skin, insomnia, heartburn, and intestinal gas. Some even believe that it can be used as an aphrodisiac.

Despite the claims of using saffron for weight loss, it is important to remember that it must not be treated as a “quick fix” for your weight problems. Just as Dr. Oz always says, you simply cannot replace a healthy diet and proper exercise. Supplements are just that – supplements, and they are best combined with diet and exercise to get the best results possible.

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