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Achieve Emotional Balance: A Special Blend of Saffron and Melon Extract In today’s high-impulse, fast-paced society, individuals are faced with higher levels of stress, chronic fatigue, poor quality of sleep, and increasing rates of depression and anxiety. As a result, people have sought different ways to improve their mood and increase energy so that they can fully enjoy their lives. Millions of men and women have sought pharmaceutical remedies in an attempt to restore emotional balance. These often include one or more anti-depressants, anti-anxiety medications, and/or pain relievers. Many individuals are wary of taking such medications due to their negative side effects and fear of dependence or addiction. The good news is there is scientific evidence that supports the case for alternative solutions. Two extremely promising ingredients have each gained the attention of researchers for their potential to achieve stress reduction, reduce feelings of depression and anxiety, and improve cognitive function. These two key ingredients (saffron and extract from the Cucumis Melo L. melon, which is a special French variety of cantaloupe), have been specifically combined to deliver a unique product for enhanced mood and emotional balance. Saffron Extract for Treatment of Depression and Anxiety Saffron has long been part of the culinary world. This spice is famous for giving dishes a distinctive color, fragrant aroma, and a unique flavor. However, it is saffron’s medicinal value that is making its flower (Crocus Sativus) more valuable than ever before. Saffron has multiple medicinal properties and has been used in traditional Persian culture for centuries as a treatment for depression ( Shahin et al., 2005 ). It has only been relatively recently that research has caught up to tradition and offered scientific evidence to support the healing claims long attributed to this herb. Saffron extract, by all accounts, is a mood enhancer and has shown great promise as a natural alternative to anti-depressants. For example, one study was conducted with 40 adults who had been diagnosed with major depression. Within this double ‐ blind, placebo ‐ controlled, single- center clinical trial , these individuals were randomly split into two groups. Over the course of 6

weeks, members of Group 1 received a capsule of saffron (30 mg/day), while Group 2 received a placebo capsule.

The result? Saffron extract showed significantly better outcomes in mood compared to the placebo group, and the results were felt after only 15 days of supplementation. In fact, saffron is as effective as the pharmaceutical anti-depressants, Fluoxetine or Imipramine ( Hausenblas et al., 2013 ). Thus, if individuals want to avoid taking anti-depressants due to their potential side-effects, including nausea, insomnia, and decreased sex drive, or fear becoming dependent on them, saffron is indeed a viable alternative. Special Melon Extract for Improved Cognitive Function and Stress Reduction The second extract comes from an exclusive variety of melon found only in a specific region of the world. These melons were selectively bred to increase their shelf life significantly in comparison to other varieties. This delay of biological aging is accomplished through one molecule, a powerful antioxidant, called superoxide dismutase (SOD). Superoxide dismutase helps break down potentially harmful oxygen molecules in cells, which may prevent damage to tissues. Since it has been established that oxidative stress is involved in psychological stress and fatigue, researchers wanted to investigate what effects, if any, superoxide dismutase (SOD)-melon concentrate supplementation may have on these conditions. At the end of the 12-week trial , SOD showed a significant decrease in perceived stress when compared to placebo, as well as an improvement in test subjects' overall quality of life. Another clinical trial also concluded that the health and healing benefits of superoxide dismutase supplementation include:

• Improvements in concentration and cognitive flexibility • Improvements in daily perceived stress • Better sleep quality • Reduction of physical pain

A Special Blend for Enhanced Mood and Emotional Balance By combining extract of saffron and superoxide dismutase, Be Young Total Health’s new emotional balance product has serious potential to harness the mood-enhancing benefits of these two powerful ingredients, as well as help bring emotions back into balance during or after stressful periods.

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