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The Mood Benefits of Saffron—and
How to Get More of It
Saffron—one of the most expensive spices in the world, due to how labor-intensive it is to harvest—also has a long history of medicinal use. Most recently, it’s been studied for its positive effects supporting a healthy mood.
3 Ways to Consume Saffron
Saffron needs heat and liquid to coax out the most flavor, which makes it well-suited to rice, risotto, pilaf, and paella. For simple saffron rice, you’ll want to crush your saffron threads and let them soak in hot water before throwing them in with your rice to cook. If you’re making something liquid-y, like a soup or stew, you can simply throw the crushed saffron threads in with the rest of your ingredients.
We have a well-documented love for saffron lattes. Our favorite is a powdered blend from the Fullest made with just saffron, organic cardamom, coconut milk powder, and coconut water powder that you mix into the steamed milk of your choice. (We prefer oat.) The latte powder blends well—it’s easiest with an electric frother, but if you don’t have one, a matcha whisk or some vigorous spoon-stirring will do the job.
Saffron supplements usually come in capsule form. When you’re picking one, the most important thing to pay attention to is the dose—look for a brand that uses a clinically studied dose of saffron extract. (For supplements, we prefer saffron extract over whole saffron. There’s much more research behind it.)
You can find saffron extract in our libido-supporting supplement, DTF. While fenugreek extract does the heavy lifting for sexual arousal and desire in DTF, we rounded out the formula with thirty milligrams of saffron extract—the daily dose studied in most research—for general mood support.*
*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.
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