Clinical studies on Saffron Extract.
In 2010 a study was performed on two groups of woman between the ages of 25 to 45. There were a total of 61 participants who were mildly overweight and healthy. One group of woman took saffron extract and the other group a similar placebo for 8 weeks. Participants were asked to keep a daily log of snacking and make visits to show these reports every 2 weeks. The results showed that:
- Snacking decreased by ~55% for SE and ~28% for placebo;
- Desire for sugary food lowered by 78% for SE and 48% for placebo;
- Appetite and feeling hungry between the meals decreased by ~84%.
So according to this research Saffron is effective supplement for reducing snacking and increasing satiety feeling, therefore it can contribute to weight loss.
Will it help you lose Weight?
The answer to this question highly depends on a few things. As it was mentioned before Saffron works by enchasing serotonin levels in your body. Higher levels of serotonin will decrease sugary cravings, the need to snack between the meals and also you will feel full much faster. One of the most difficult things for people who have overweight problems is to avoid foods that are particularly rich in carbohydrates such as cakes, chips, sweets and etc. According to some studies the consumption of these foods is associated with the release of serotonin in our brain. This hormone is not only our main mood controller, but also it triggers feelings like happiness and relaxation. So on the contrary when the levels of serotonin in our body are low we often feel depressed and anxious. This dependence often causes people to develop a condition called emotional eating. Emotional eating occur most often for females and affects from 2% to 5% of the population. When we are in a bad mood we start to crave for carbohydrate foods, because we associate them with better mood and anxiety relieve. So we tend to eat more than we actually need even though we are not actually hungry. Since Saffron extract is a natural serotonin booster, levels of this hormone increase after consumption of this supplement and you no longer feel the need to eat unhealthy foods to feel happy (or at least this need is much lower). So to conclude this, it can be said that Saffron extract can help us to:
- Improve our mood and we feel more relaxed & happy; therefore it’s extremely effective supplement for emotional eaters.
- Reduce cravings for carbohydrates and the need to snack between the meals;
- Avoid overeating, because we feel full by eating far less;
- Lose weight due to lower consumption of calories.
So if you think that your weight problems are highly related to these issues you will definitely benefit from this product and as a result lose some weight. However this is no magical pill that can help you lose tons of pounds in a few weeks’ time. The amount of weight you will lose will depend on how less calories it will help you to consume. The efficiancy of this supplement also depends on the quality of Saffron Extract. Not all the companys offer 100% pure product, made without any fillers and binders. You can read more about how to choose the best quality Saffron here. Although if you are not an “emotional eater” or you do not tend to snack between the meals & overeat, most likely Saffron will not be very helpful in your case. You should consider other weight loss products or start working out & eating healthier.
Testimonials of Saffron Extract for Weight Loss.
When it comes to reviews about this product, almost all testimonials confirm that it actually helps to suppress appetite and as a result lose some weight. Read a few reviews from actual users of Saffron Extract bellow.