Saffron is known as the most expensive spice in our world. But in addition to good taste in risotto and many other delicious recipes, saffron has also been used early as a medicine. Recent studies also promise great potential in the use of saffron for mood disorders and depression.

What effect has saffron in our body

  • Mood elevating
  • Anti-inflammatory

The mood-lifting effect of saffron is due to the "crocin" contained in saffron. Saffron extract helps regulate increased glutamate release during mental fatigue. Thus, it helps maintain serotonin and dopamine levels. Due to the effects on these brain messengers, the mood is positively influenced.

Good to know about saffron

  • Saffron is obtained from the red stigmas of the Crocus sativus flower
  • It takes 150,000 to 200,000 blossoms to produce one kilogram of this spice
  • Saffron extract reduces the release of the stress hormone cortisol in the body

Saffron is not always saffron

Since real saffron is very expensive, there are many fakes. Especially the saffron powder is often stretched with curcuma. Real saffron must meet many quality standards. The extracts should be obtained from a clearly defined plant subspecies and from controlled cultivation through standardized procedures. In addition, the efficacy of the extracts used should be proven by clinical studies.

Fields of application of saffron

Mild depression and mood swings - while being well tolerated.

New representative studies show a positive effect on mood swings and mild depression. Unlike St. John's wort, which is considered a herbal alternative to chemical antidepressants, saffron is not known to cause a sun sensitivity reaction and can therefore be taken without any problems. Also, there are no known interactions with drugs, as is sometimes the case with St. John's wort.

Are there any useful combinations with saffron?

It makes sense to consider a preparation with additional plant substances and micronutrients. The factor "stress" should not be disregarded in the case of mood swings. A combination with a lemon balm extract, which has a calming effect and can improve sleep quality, is therefore recommended. In addition, the positive effect of micronutrients in connection with a mood swing or depression should not be underestimated. If the supply of certain vitamins (e.g. B vitamins and vitamin D), minerals and trace elements is insufficient, this can promote mood swings or depression.

In which product does Burgerstein use saffron?

Almost everyone knows that little low from which you can't really get out. When the motivation for everything is missing, you only function and would prefer to hole up.

In these times we would like to support you with Burgerstein Mood! 

Burgerstein Mood contains

  • Saffron and lemon balm extract from controlled cultivation
  • and selected micronutrients

for a positive attitude towards life and inner balance.