Spice up your weight loss regimen with saffron extract

Feb 21, 2012 at 5:04 p.m. ET

Saffron, a spice typically used in Indian cuisine, may just be the newest way to suppress your appetite and avoid emotional eating according to Dr. Oz.


According to a study in Whole Foods Magazine, 100 percent of women who took saffron extract reported a decrease in hunger. As many as 30 percent of obese women eat compulsively, according to some reports. The saffron extract is thought to help remove the urge to compulsively eat, resulting in less snacking or eating when you are not hungry.

Dr. Oz conducted his own experiment with two self-proclaimed emotional eaters. Both women tried the supplement during a weekend and did not otherwise alter their diets. One participant lost three pounds in three days while the other lost five in three days. Both said they felt less hungry and didn't have as much of an urge to snack. Watch the episode on The Dr. Oz Show here.

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All natural

The plus side is that whether it works or not, saffron is a natural product that comes from a flower and is less likely than many weight loss programs to cause serious side effects. However, you should note that some people are allergic to saffron and high doses can cause poisoning. It has also been thought to help ailments like asthma, depression, premenstrual symptoms and insomnia. It is also calorie-free and relatively inexpensive compared with other weight loss programs.

Whether you believe the hype or not, if mid-day snack attacks are causing your dieting efforts to plateau, you may want to give this a try. Saffron extract can be found at most health food stores.

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