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
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