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