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Saffron Extract

Belly fat is one of the biggest complaints from men and women, particularly those over 40, have today. Although exercise is pivotal for body transformation, so is diet.

An appetite suppressant that will shrink your belly fat in no time -- saffron extract. Here are a few reasons why saffron extract, a natural weight loss aid, might work for you.

 

Saffron Extract Can Prevent Over-Eating

Saffron extract, a natural spice used for seasoning, fragrance and medicine for over three millennia, will eliminate your urge to over-eat.  Saffron extract prevents over-eating, which is (of course) related to weight gain. According to a study in Whole Foods Magazine, 100 percent of women who took the saffron extract supplement reported decreased hunger. 

Saffron Extract Combats Emotional Eating

Emotional eating is a huge factor in weight gain for many people, triggered by chemicals in the brain. According to studies compulsive eating occurs in 30 percent of obese women, though its prevalence in the general population reportedly exceed this number.  You crave carbohydrates. Why is that?  When we take in carbohydrates and put them up in the mouth you are actually turning on chemicals in the brain... They turn on this pleasure sensation, this craving you have, and they give you the satisfaction from doing this and relief.

A saffron extract supplement will go into your intestinal system, go into your brain and stimulate the same feeling an emotional eater would get from eating carbohydrates. It gives you that feeling of relief without that short-term hit from the carbohydrates. So, when you see food you have the ability to say 'no.'

What exactly is Saffron?

Saffron is a plant. The dried stigmas (thread-like parts of the flower) are used to make saffron spice. It can take 75,000 saffron blossoms to produce a single pound of saffron spice. Saffron is largely cultivated and harvested by hand. Due to the amount of labor involved in harvesting, saffron is considered one of the world's most expensive spices. 


Medical Uses
Saffron is used for asthma, cough, whooping cough (pertussis), and to loosen phlegm (as an expectorant). It is also used for sleep problems (insomnia), cancer, “hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis), intestinal gas (flatulence), depression,Alzheimer’s disease, fright, shock, spitting up blood (hemoptysis), pain, heartburn, and dry skin.

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  • Some research shows that taking a specific saffron product (IMPIRAN, Iran) by mouth for 22 weeks might improve symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease about as well as the prescription drug donepezil (Aricept).

  • Depression. Taking specific saffron extracts (Novin Zaferan Co, Iran) by mouth seems to improve symptoms of major depression after 6-8 weeks of treatment. Some studies suggest that saffron might be as effective as taking a low-dose prescription antidepressant such as fluoxetine or imipramine.

  • Menstrual discomfort. Some research shows the taking a specific product containing saffron, anise, and celery seed (SCA, Gol Daro Herbal Medicine Laboratory) reduces pain during the menstrual cycle.

  • Premenstrual syndrome (PMS). Some research shows that taking a specific saffron extract (Department of Cultivation and Development of Institute of Medicinal Plants, Iran) improves symptoms of PMS after two menstrual cycles

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  • Asthma. Some early research suggests that drinking an herbal tea mixture containing saffron along with anise, black seed, caraway, cardamom, chamomile, fennel, and licorice may reduce asthma symptoms in people with allergic asthma.

  • Athletic performance. Some early research shows that taking a chemical from saffron called crocetin might decrease fatigue in men during exercise.

  • Erectile dysfunction. Some early research suggests that taking saffron might reduce erectile dysfunction and increase the number and duration of erections.

  • Male infertility. Some research suggests that saffron might improve sperm function in men. However, the research has been inconsistent.

  • Psoriasis. Some early research suggests that drinking saffron tea daily, along with a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, might reduce the severity of psoriasis.

  • Insomnia.

  • Cancer.

  • “Hardening of the arteries” (atherosclerosis).

  • Cough.

  • Stomach gas.

  • Early male orgasm (premature ejaculation).

  • Baldness.

  • Pain.