Curb Compulsive Eating
Naturally -- Novel Spice Extract, Saffron A, Targets the Neurochemistry of
Appetite - Page 1
As seen on the Dr. Oz Show
Reprinted by permission from Bill Faloon of The Life Extension Foundation - By Julius Goepp, MD
Of course, no drug exists that can regulate appetite suppression and induce weight loss without significant health risks.3 Some have proven disastrous. It was only after the lethal FDA-approved fen-phen drugs were shown to cause pulmonary hypertension and heart valve disease4 that the agency was forced to withdraw it.
The exciting news is, a natural appetite suppressant has been identified that operates at the neurochemical level to help provoke satiety -- the feeling of being full. This unique extract is derived from saffron, prized for centuries not only as a spice but also as a mood enhancer in traditional cultures.5,6
Here, you will learn of saffron's capacity to boost serotonin, a neurotransmitter whose role in appetite and satiety is well established.3,7,8
You will discover how a team of French researchers uncovered the ability of Saffron A to dramatically decrease feelings of hunger between meals. You will also find out how just 88.25 mg twice daily of a standardized saffron extract may help you effectively modulate some of the underlying psychological factors that make you eat more than you want to, with no known negative side effects.
Dosage and Use: Take one capsule twice daily (morning and evening) with food or as recommended by a healthcare practitioner.
Caution and Side Effects: Do not exceed recommended dose. Consult with your healthcare practitioner before using this product if you are taking anti-coagulant or anti-platelet medications or if you have a bleeding disorder or kidney disease. Avoid use during pregnancy.
Serotonin's Role in Emotional Eating
In one of the most compelling findings on emotional eating to date, Dutch researchers reported that compulsive eating can result from a common gene variant for the molecule that transports serotonin, one of the body's primary mood regulators.17 People carrying this gene suffer from lower serotonin activity, predisposing them to depression and anxiety, especially under stress.18-20 The Dutch study revealed that teens carrying this gene indulge in emotional eating at a significantly higher rate.
Antidepressants may offer some relief from emotional eating. Unfortunately, they can be costly, loose effectiveness over time, and come with a host of side effects from sexual dysfunction to suicidal thoughts21-23 underscoring the need for safe, low-cost options.
Saffron Extract: A Novel Intervention
They first conducted a pilot placebo-controlled study using a proprietary saffron extract in a small group of healthy-to-slightly overweight women aged 46-61.25 Their results were modest: 3.6 pounds lost, almost all of it fat weight, after 4 weeks.
More striking to Bourges and his team were the significant declines in reported feelings of hunger between meals, a positive side effect that persisted until dinner in 25% of women taking the saffron extract.25 In contrast, 50% of placebo recipients reported an increased desire to eat. By the end of the study, 100% of women in the saffron group reported successful reduction in daily between-meal eating, as opposed to controls, who saw no improvement.
Armed with these encouraging findings, Bourges and his colleagues launched a full-scale trial of 60 slightly overweight women 25-45 years old.26 This time, they focused specifically on women who reported frequent, anxiety-related between-meal and after-dinner snacking. Their goal was to test the saffron's psychotropic (mood-altering) potential in helping to reduce the anxiety behind compulsive eating.
Once again, weight loss was relatively modest ... over one pound at the 2-week mark versus a slight gain in the placebo group. By 8 weeks, the average weight loss had increased, reaching just over two pounds, with 26% of subjects losing up to 11 pounds. Interestingly, women taking saffron saw a significant reduction in thigh circumference.
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