As the number of individuals with obesity continues to rise, many individuals are searching for alternative strategies to help them lose the extra weight. One placebo-controlled study explored the efficacy of saffron and crocin on appetite, dietary intake and body composition [in individuals with coronary artery disease]. They found that the group taking saffron extract had a significant reduction in appetite, as well as body mass index, waist circumference and fat mass. In another study, oral supplementation of the saffron extract, was significantly associated with weight reduction and reduced snacking frequency.
The proposed explanation of these outcomes is related to the mood-boosting effects of saffron, which may enhance satiety, contributing to reduced snacking and increased weight loss. As we understand more about the systemic metabolic effects of obesity, and the association between obesity and numerous chronic conditions such as type 2 diabetes, cancer and even Alzheimer’s disease, this anti-obesity feature of saffron is very promising. Saffron not only does not come with many adverse side effects, but rather it comes with numerous side benefits unlike many commonly used over the counter weight loss pills.