Saffron improves postpartum depression

Doctors wanted to compare the effects of saffron with that of Prozac on symptoms of postpartum depression.

The study included 68 women, four to 12 weeks after giving birth, with moderate depressive symptoms according to a standard depression rating scale. The women took 15 mg of saffron or 20 mg of Prozac, each twice per day, while not taking any other psychotropic drugs or receiving any behavior therapy during the trial.

After six weeks, 18.8 percent of those in the saffron group, and 21.9 percent of those in the Prozac group were in remission. While all the women in both groups reported at least a partial response, women taking Prozac reported more frequent headache, dry mouth, drowsiness, constipation and sweating.


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