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Saffron is the dried elongated stigmas and styles of the blue-purple saffron flower (Crocus sativus L.). Increasing research has indicated that saffron may be an effective natural option to help improve mood.
Saffron’s mood-lifting effects may be due to its multiple effects in the body
As a supplement, saffron is well-tolerated and is generally safe to take with many medications (however, always speak to your doctor first)
Even though saffron is the world’s most expensive spice, only a very small amount is required to have a positive mood-lifting effect. This makes it very cost-effective.
Sage, also known as Common Sage (Salvia officinalis L.), is regarded as the queen of herbs, and is widely used in both culinary and medicinal preparations. Even though it has traditionally been used for helping menopausal women reduce the severity of their symptoms, particularly hot flushes and night sweats, research has also identified its benefits in enhancing mental performance, memory, and cognition.
Turmeric (Curcuma longa) is a perennial plant of the ginger family. It is commonly used in Asian cooking and is one of the components of curry.
Turmeric contains a group of bioactive compounds known as curcuminoids. The primary curcuminoid is curcumin, and turmeric contains approximately 2 to 3 percent curcumin.
Research indicates that curcumin, rather than turmeric, is the natural agent that can be used to assist in the management of osteoarthritic pain, increase joint mobility, and reduce joint inflammation associated with arthritis.
Theanine is an amino acid found in green tea that has been shown to relax the mind and relieve nervous tension and anxiety
Theanine seems to work by:
GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) is an inhibitory neurotransmitter in the brain. It helps to promote feelings of relaxation and calmness. Low levels of GABA in the brain are associated with feelings of anxiety and panic, a ‘racing mind’, inner tension, and sleep problems.
Alpha waves are associated with a relaxed, calm, focused, and attentive mental state.
Rhodiola rosea is a unique herb that grows at high altitudes in the arctic areas of Asia and Eastern Europe. It is classified as an adaptogenic herb which means it can help the body adapt to physical, chemical, and environmental stress. In fact, it is one of the most powerful herbs for helping the body overcome feelings of fatigue, low energy, and ‘burn-out’.
Rhodiola is one of the most effective adaptogens available and has been extensively examined in numerous research studies. It works primarily by nourishing and supporting the adrenal glands and central nervous system (CNS).
As with all herbs it is essential that they are standardised for the active ingredients. For best results, you should use 800mg of rhodiola rosea root extract, containing at least 4 mg of rosavin and 2mg of salidroside.