Saffron has been used as a natural medicine to treat depression and improve mood for hundreds of years. Currently, saffron consumption is recommended to improve mood, increase happiness and vitality and reduce depressive symptoms.
Saffron is known as one of the important products of Khorasan province in Iran. This magical herb consists of three important compounds including Crocin, Picrocrocin and Safranal and are the color, taste and smell of saffron, respectively.
Saffron has general effects such as analgesic, sedative, insomnia, anti-fever, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasm, anti-cough and expectorant, anti-fever, cold, bronchitis, anti-asthma, menstrual, memory and learning enhancement, anti-nausea, stimulant It has blood circulation, anti-cancer and many other properties.
One of the most important uses of saffron, which is mentioned below, is its anti-depressant, anti-anxiety and anti-insomnia properties.
Peter Bongiorno has written about this;
Studies in humans show there is a benefit to both anxiety and depression. An 8-week double-blind randomized Iranian trial of 40 adult depressed outpatients were randomly assigned to receive either a capsule of petal of the Crocus plant at 15 mg in the morning and evening or Fluoxetine (Prozac) at 10 mg in the morning and evening, for a 8 weeks. At the end of the trial, petal the Crocus was found to be as effective as the drug. Fluoxetine (Prozac) had an 85 percent responder rate with 17 of 20 patients and crocus showed a similar 75 percent.https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/inner-source/201601/saffron-emotional-health
In another six-week comparison to imipramine (an older style tricyclic antidepressant drug), researchers found significantly better results when patients were given a Hamilton Depression scale, which is a well-known questionnaire used to assess mood.
The latest 2014 review of studies analyzed 14 studies that used saffron as an anti-depressant.
Saffron and treatment of depression
Doctors are always trying to find a suitable and effective alternative to antidepressants that will eliminate the side effects of antidepressants. According to research conducted by scientists, the effect of saffron is very similar to the effect of antidepressants and even the side effects of saffron are less. Saffron is effective in treating psychiatric disorders, especially depression, and treats sleep disorders because the symptoms of depression include anxiety, sadness, grief and sleep disorders.
Some people are sensitive to the side effects of antidepressants; Side effects include anxiety, anorexia and sexual dysfunction. One of the uses of saffron is to eliminate such disorders.
As mentioned, one of the effects of depression is disturbing the sleep rhythm of patients. Changes in the quality, quantity and pattern of sleep are known as sleep disorders and affect a person’s health.
In traditional medicine, the petals and stigmas of the saffron plant have been used to relieve depression. Saffron stigmas are used to relieve insomnia and anxiety. The compounds in saffron (crocin and safranal) are useful for patients with depression; Crocin reduces anxiety and safranal regulates sleep patterns.
Depression is usually treated with a combination of psychotherapy and various medications. Fluoxetine, paroxetine, etc. are among the antidepressants that increase serotonin levels in the brain and improve mood. Like medicines, saffron can have an antidepressant effect by increasing the levels of certain chemicals in the brain, including serotonin (a neurotransmitter responsible for regulating mood, appetite and sleep, and generally believed to be responsible for mood), norepinephrine and dopamine.
Norepinephrine is the stress hormone and serotonin is the hormone of happiness, dopamine is also responsible for transmitting the message of vitality and happiness in the brain. Decreasing or increasing these hormones play a key role in the development of depression.
Bring saffron into your life
There is no doubt that current research shows that the effect of saffron is effective in treating adults with mild to moderate major depression and perhaps in other types of depression as well, such as postpartum depression. There is potential for using saffron as a medicine to treat depression instead of using antidepressants.
Saffron helps people with severe depression to prevent disability and worsen the period of depression. Patients are reminded that there are different ways to reduce symptoms that show hope and optimism are two important factors in the treatment of many diseases and certainly relevant in the treatment of depression. Does saffron reach its previous reputation in life health care? At these prices it is not yet known, but the potential of using this miraculous spice in the treatment of depression is clear.
In general, the properties of saffron and its effect on increasing happiness lead to reducing depressive symptoms and treatment of this disease. Because the opposite of depression is happiness and vitality. So if you want to improve your sleep quality and mood with a home remedy, include oral saffron in your diet. Saffron and happiness is a formula that can make your life lively and full of vitality.