Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I Am Feeling Gloomy, Can You Pass the Saffron?

An article from Health Science Institute discloses that research has shown saffron works as effectively as Prozac in treating mild to moderate depression. Besides saffron being a flavor spice from the East, it has been used for many years to heal melancholia, liver and spleen enlargement, kidney stones, menstrual disorders, colds, insomnia, asthma, atherosclerosis, and as an anti-inflammatory. Chinese and Tibetan people have used it to cure arthritis, impotence and infertility. Additionally, animal research indicates that saffron may inhibit cancer formation and shrink existing tumors, and can enhance effectiveness of chemotherapy. It is a miracle spice! And now it is also more effective in combating depression then Prozac, and most certainly other antidepressants.

The University of Medical Services in Tehran, Iran conducted the study on forty patients with mild depression without the use of a placebo. They received 30mgs of saffron a day, while others received 20mgs of Prozac for the six week study. If was found that both saffron and Prozac relieved depression. Saffron doesn’t create jarring deadly side effects, (listed below) which Prozac is known to cause.

This fantastic discovery adds saffron to the other natural remedies like omega 3 fatty acid, vitamins B and D, and St. John’s Wort, which alleviate depression. Many of these expensive overprescribed and ineffective antidepressants have proven to be a disaster versus placebos, and natural remedies in numerous studies. This will come as a relief to many parents, and young adults who require natural remedies to life’s challenges.

So curtailing depressed feelings, or melancholy moods can be eliminated simply by adding saffron to one’s diet. A simple everyday solution can truly be life saving. While the full list of side effects of Prozac via drugs.com are severe allergic reactions (rash, hives, switching, difficulty breathing, tightness in the chest, swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue, unusual hoarseness), bizarre behavior, black or bloody stools, chest pain, confusion, decreased concentration, decreased coordination, exaggerated reflexes, excessive sweating, fainting; fast or irregular heartbeat, fever, chills, or sore throat, hallucinations, increased hunger, thirst, or urination, joint or wrist aches or pain, memory loss, new or worsening agitation, panic attacks, aggressiveness, impulsiveness, irritability, hostility, exaggerated feeling of well-being, restlessness, or inability to sit still, persistent or severe ringing in the ears, persistent, painful erection, red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin; seizures, severe or persistent anxiety, trouble sleeping, or weakness, severe or persistent nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, or headache, significant weight loss, stomach pain, suicidal thoughts or attempts, tremor, unusual bruising or bleeding, unusual or severe mental or mood changes, unusual swelling, unusual weakness, vision changes, worsening of depression.
No thank’s, Saffron is a far better solution

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