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Perth Nutritionists

Corrin Ainley
Rener Health Clinics

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Saffron Extract: curb appetite and reduce cravings

by on 24 April, 2015

Weight issues are often a result of over eating and frequent snacking. Many of my clients struggle with their uncontrollable cravings for cakes, chocolates and bread, until we adddress the cause.

Cravings often indicate an imbalance in the body. That’s why I always address each person’s biochemistry for successful weight loss.

Most people don’t know that low serotonin is one common cause of carb cravings. Serotonin is an important chemical manufactured in the brain and intestines. Serotonin has an effect on mood and social behaviour, appetite and digestion, sleep, memory and sexual desire and function.

Carbohydrates and simple sugars trigger a serotonin response in the brain that gives a sense of calm. This means cravings can be an attempt to boost low serotonin levels.

One way of boosting serotonin levels may be with the extract of a common spice, saffron.

The compound Satiereal, or more commonly known as Saffron Extract, had a tremendous affect on serotonin levels in the brain. Saffron Extract works as a hunger suppressant and seems curb appetites by boosting serotonin levels.
Participants in a study using Saffron Extract found that overall were less hungry and experienced noticeable difference in their hunger cravings. The participants also experienced improvement in their overall mood.

Saffron has many additional benefits as an antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, antitumor, and to enhance learning and memory.

Weight loss can be easy and permenant when the underlying causes are resolved, whether it's low serotonin, hormonal imbalances, thyroid dysfunction or stress I provide clients with an integrative approach which includes the BodyTalk system to address sabotaging patterns and emotional issues around food.

To find out more or make an appointment you go to the contact us area at or call Rener Health Centres on 9330 0255.

Corrin Ainley – Nutritionist, Certified BodyTalk Practitioner.

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Moshiri M, Vahabzadeh M, Hosseinzadeh H. Clinical Applications of Saffron (Crocus sativus) and its Constituents: A Review. Drug Res (Stuttg). 2014 May 21.

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