HOW TO CHOOSE AND USE SAFFRON SUPPLEMENTS
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.