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Oral saffron supplements may help with Alzheimer's disease, some studies show. One small study found it worked as well as standard drugs in slowing down the symptoms. More research is needed.

Saffron may also help with depression. Several small studies showed that it seemed to work as well as a common antidepressant in helping symptoms. Larger studies need to be done to see if this would be a safe and effective treatment.

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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