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Saffron vs Prozac - a new study reviewed by Viridian Nutrition.

Tuesday December 3, 2013

A view from the desk of Ben Brown, Technical Director at Viridian Nutrition.

Saffron vs. Prozac: new study.
Several studies have found saffron to be an effective anti-depressant and a new report comparing saffron to fluoxetine (Prozac) found comparable effects.

About seven previous clinical studies have examined the anti-depressant and mood-enhancing effects of saffron, finding it as effective and better tolerated than medication.

A new study tested saffron (30 mg of extract daily) head to head against fluoxetine (40 mg daily) in people with heart disease and depression.

After 4-weeks of treatment both saffron and the medication significantly reduced symptoms of depression with no difference between their effects, that is, they were equally effective.

The study authors commented that this discovery is very promising. People with heart disease are frequently depressed and treated with anti-depressant medications, but these drugs have side effects and do not improve cardiovascular health. Saffron on the other hand may improve heart health and has no side effects.

Shahmansouri N, Farokhnia M, Abbasi SH, et al S. A randomized, double-blind, clinical trial comparing the efficacy  and safety of Crocus sativus L. with fluoxetine for improving mild to moderate depression in post percutaneous coronary intervention patients. J Affect Disord.  2013 Nov 16. doi:pii: S0165-0327(13)00797-0.


Ben is a naturopath, science writer, lecturer and speaker. He is a lecturer at the UK College of Nutrition and Health and guest lectures at various educational institutions and in university settings. Ben regularly speaks at major conferences and delivers continuing professional development courses on integrative medicine for health care professionals.

Throughout his career Ben has had extensive clinical experience, maintaining a private practice in Australia and in London, England. He has also worked in nutraceutical research and development for a number of leading global companies and served on advisory boards for integrative medical clinics and corporate wellness services. An established science writer Ben frequently contributes editorials, articles and research to integrative medicine publications and peer reviewed scientific journals.

Ben’s tertiary qualifications are in in naturopathy, a distinct profession of primary health care that integrates conventional clinical experience and diagnostics with functional pathology and a broad range of natural therapies including therapeutic lifestyle change, mind-body therapies, nutritional and herbal supplements.
Ben is Technical Director at Viridian Nutrition, where is responsible for new product development and education.



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