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How To Decrease Your Cravings For Unhealthy Food

By Edwardo Abrantes

Saffron is a product of the plant known as Crocus sativus. It's most popular application is in the kitchen, both as a spice and a coloring agent, but it may also be used to alleviate a wide range of health problems. But of all the benefits that it can offer, people are most interested about saffron for weight loss. Ever since being recommended by the great Dr. Oz, it has indeed gained worldwide fame.

According to Dr. Oz, using saffron for weight loss has its merits mainly because of its ability to tone down a person's appetite and cravings. If you are among those people who go on an eating spree when you're bored, upset, or angry, you might not be aware that it is contributing to your weight gain. Come to think of it, you don't really care what and how much you eat when you're in bad mood right?

With the help of a clinical study, experts were able to determine the secret to saffron's effectiveness in promoting weight loss. This was because this extract causes the brain to produce more serotonin - a hormone that is responsible for controlling physiological and psychological functions such as mood and behavior. More serotonin translates to better control over appetite and cravings.

In order to test the efficacy of saffron for weight loss, Dr. Oz came up with his own experiment. He asked two women volunteers to take saffron supplements over the course of one weekend and they claimed to have decreased their snacking even when under emotional stress. In effect, one of the women lost 5 pounds while the other lost 3 pounds.

There was also another study that was published in Nutrition Research in 2010 and it involved 60 women who were mildly overweight. They were divided into two groups - the first group took saffron for weight loss while the second group took a placebo. The result was that those who took the saffron extract reduced their snacking more than those who took the placebo.

Majority of the clinical studies conducted on saffron for weight loss made use of a proprietary blend referred to as Satiereal. Dr. Oz mentioned Satiereal as a key ingredient in saffron supplements, as it is the one you will see in many well-known brands. Supplements containing this proprietary blend are also known to help minimize a person's craving for weight-increasing sugary foods.

Besides being used as a weight-loss supplement, taking saffron extract may also be able to alleviate a myriad of health issues including asthma, coughing, intestinal gas, heartburn, dry skin, and insomnia. It may also help women to get relief from menstrual cramps and premenstrual syndrome. There are also experts who claim that it can act as an aphrodisiac.

With all the claims of efficacy on saffron for weight loss, it is still a good idea to incorporate a healthy diet and regular exercise in your program if you want to achieve the best results. As Dr. Oz always says, these supplements must never replace diet and exercise, but instead enhance your weight-loss program. Always remember that there is no such thing as a "magic pill" for weight loss.

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