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Using saffron supplements in the short-term seems safe for most people. They may cause side effects like anxiety, appetite changes, upset stomach, sleepiness, and headache. Using saffron in high doses or for long periods of time may be risky. Some people are also allergic to saffron.

From: Saffron: Uses and Risks WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L.J., editor, , 3rd edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Saffron."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Saffron."

Rakel D. , 3rd edition, Saunders, 2012. Integrative Medicine

Akhondzadeh, B. , March 30, 2007. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry

Natural Standard: "Saffron (Crocus sativus)."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 19, 2017

SOURCES:

Fundukian, L.J., editor, , 3rd edition, 2009. The Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine

Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database: "Saffron."

NYU Langone Medical Center: "Saffron."

Rakel D. , 3rd edition, Saunders, 2012. Integrative Medicine

Akhondzadeh, B. , March 30, 2007. Progress in Neuro-Psychopharmacology and Biological Psychiatry

Natural Standard: "Saffron (Crocus sativus)."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on July 19, 2017

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