Is this a new way to treat teens with mild anxiety and depression?

More evidence suggests saffron may be a natural remedy

Saffron is more than just an exotic cooking ingredient, with new Australian research suggesting it may be a natural remedy for mild depressive and anxiety symptoms in adolescents.

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Previous studies have found the spice to be an effective antidepressant in adults.

Now, in an eight-week randomised double-blind controlled trial, nearly 70 adolescents with moodiness or mild anxiety were given 14mg of a patented saffron supplement or placebo twice daily.

Those in the saffron arm experienced a 33% improvement in mood — at least from the teen's perspective — compared with only 17% in the

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