Saffron reduced anxiety and depression in teens

In the first study to use saffron to treat anxiety and depression in teenagers, 68 teens with mild to moderate anxiety or depressive symptoms took a placebo or 14 mg of saffron extract twice per day.

After eight weeks, teens taking saffron self-reported less anxiety and depression overall. Symptoms of internalizing, such as social withdrawal, not talking, difficulty concentrating, head or stomach ache, eating more or less than usual, sadness, feeling lonely, unloved or unwanted, decreased by 33 percent for saffron compared to 17 percent for placebo. Parents assessing the internalizing behaviors differed moderately from their children’s assessments, but the teens themselves reported less anxiety and depression.

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