Insomniacs often rely on sleep-aids to fall asleep,media New Atlas reported. However, a new study suggests that using natural supplements in the form of saffron extract can help insomniacs get rid of trouble. The study was carried out by scientists at the University of Modok in Australia and funded by The Pharmactive Biotech Products – using the company’s Affron saffron extract.
In the 28-day test, 63 volunteers received a 14 mg dose of extract twice a day, or a placebo. All of the volunteers, aged between 18 and 70, were not treated for depression and did not take any medication for at least four weeks (except the pill). In addition, they are healthy even though they all have self-reported sleep problems.
When 55 test subjects were subsequently assessed for their sleep based on a standardized insomnia severity index, they were found to have significantly better sleep quality than those who received a placebo. In fact, the majority of the first group noticed these improvements within 7 days of starting treatment. In addition, no adverse side effects were found after taking saffron extract.
While it’s not entirely clear how saffron can help treat insomnia, a planned, larger volunteer study may provide some answers.
The study, led by Dr. Adrian Lopresti, has been published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine.