Saffron for depression

Answered on December 06, 2013
Created December 03, 2013 at 8:24 PM

Has anyone used saffron to treat depression? I really don't want to start taking antidepressants, so I'm considering saffron. If it has worked for you, how well did it work and how long did it take for it to start working?

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on December 03, 2013
at 09:06 PM

I don't actually buy the petal since it's so expensive. But I've found it in capsule form, and I've found that taking 15mg (1-2x per day) can greatly enhance my mood. I'd say it took about 2 weeks of taking 15mg once a day to kick in, and 3 weeks to really feel the full effects.


on December 06, 2013
at 12:59 PM

Saffron for Depression Saffron may exert its antidepressant activity by increasing the levels of certain chemicals in the brain, including serotonin. The saffron threads are obtained from the petal part, the most expensive part of the herb, and also the stigma of the plant. A chemical analysis reveals that more than 150 components in saffron stigmas and carotenoids and monoterpene aldehydes were found to be more powerful components in saffron.



on December 05, 2013
at 11:36 AM

My husband suffered severe bout of depression 6-8 months back. He had completely isolated himself from all of us. I was very much worried for him. I started giving him Paxil I can see some signs of improvement in him now. I hope he recovers fast.

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