saffron suppresses appetite and improves weight loss and cholesterol

Obesity is a risk factor for coronary artery disease. This beautiful herb can help you supress appetite, lose weight and improve your cholesterol levels.

Saffron has been a treasured herb in many medical traditions—including Persia, Greece, Egypt and India—since ancient times. Long ignored by modern science, saffron is enjoying a sort of renaissance with a recent explosion of research.

Better known for Alzheimer’s disease and depression, there has been some research on saffron as a herb for appetite suppression and weight loss. That research, though, has received little attention. A double-blind study of mildly overweight women found that saffron makes you feel fuller and that it can reduce snacking by more than half and lead to significant weight loss (Nutr Res 2010;30(5):305-313).

Though that earlier study was not followed up for a long time, a new study has finally now added to the evidence for saffron as a healthy herb for people who need to lose weight.

The eighty people in this double-blind, placebo-controlled study all had coronary artery disease. One group was given 30mg of saffron extract made from the stigmas of the flower. They took one capsule after lunch for eight weeks.

The saffron group had significant decreases in body weight, body mass index, waist circumference, waist-to-hip ratio, fat mass and fat percentage. There were no significant improvements in the placebo group. Though there were, again, no changes in the placebo group, the saffron group ate significantly less food.  The benefit seems to come form an increase in the feeling of fullness: in the saffron group, feelings of hunger significantly decreased and feelings of fullness and satisfaction significantly increased.

Importantly, saffron also led to significant improvement in the ratio of the heart healthy HDL cholesterol to the dangerous LDL cholesterol.

The saffron was very safe

J Cardiovasc Thorac Res 2017;9(4):200-208

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