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For mood boost­ing: Bitz rec­om­mends choos­ing a sup­ple­ment that con­tains a con­cen­trated saf­fron ex­tract that’s been tested for pu­rity and ef­fi­cacy, such as a trade­marked or patented saf­fron in­gre­di­ent— check prod­uct Sup­ple­ment Facts. Af­fron ( the most widely stud­ied ex­tract) and Saffr’Ac­tiv are some ex­am­ples. The ef­fec­tive dose is 28– 30 mg daily. These sup­ple­ments can be taken at any time of day, with or with­out food, but some peo­ple ex­pe­ri­ence di­ges­tive up­set when tak­ing herbs on an empty stom­ach. If a morn­ing cup of java is part of your daily rou­tine, saf­fron can be taken at the same time. Bitz has found that saf­fron is syn­er­gis­tic with cof­fee.

To bal­ance mood and stress: In Ayurveda, saf­fron is of­ten taken with adap­to­gens, herbs that have an over­all balanc­ing ef­fect by in­creas­ing en­ergy or calm­ing stress, as needed. Saf­fron en­hances the ef­fects of adap­to­gens such as ash­wa­gandha or rho­di­ola.

To help with weight loss: Satiereal is a dif­fer­ent type of saf­fron ex­tract de­signed to in­crease sati­ety and re­duce the urge to snack. Take about 90 mg be­fore or with break­fast and an­other 90 mg at din­ner.

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