Research Reveals the Secrets Behind my Good Mood and Look

According to research from Iran’s Roozbeh Psychiatric Hospital at Tehran University of Medical Sciences, saffron, the reddish-gold strands—dried stigmas of Crocus sativus—may have a role in relieving symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS) and depression.

Shahin Akhondzadeh, Ph.D., and his colleagues gave 50 women with PMS two (15 mg) saffron capsules or placebo capsules daily over two menstrual cycles, keeping track of their symptoms in diaries. By the end of the study, over three-quarters of the women who had taken the equivalent of a micropinch of saffron reported that their PMS symptoms (such as mood swings and depression) declined by at least half, compared with only 8 percent of women in the placebo group.

In fact, saffron has long been used in traditional Persian medicine as a mood lifter, usually steeped into a medicinal tea or used to prepare rice.  In previous studies, he found saffron had antidepressant effects comparable to the antidepressants fluoxetine (Prozac) and imipramine (Tofranil); he posits that the spice works by “the same mechanism as Prozac,” helping to make the feel-good neurotransmitter serotonin more available to the brain.

Here are also two ingredients that not only add flavor to your favorite dishes but can help in your battle against the bulge.

Cinnamon
A 2003 study published in Diabetes Care showed that as little as one teaspoon of cinnamon per day can boost the body’s weight-loss ability by reducing blood sugar and promoting healthier processing of carbohydrates. It also lowers LDL cholesterol (bad cholesterol) by seven to 27% and total cholesterol by 12 to 26%. Plus, cinnamon has been shown to prevent the metabolic syndrome commonly seen in pre-diabetics. But before you go on piling the spice by spoonful, note that cinnamon contains a chemical called coumarin, which can lead to liver damage if consumed in very large amounts.

I use cinnamon a lot for my Persian Macaroni.

Black Pepper
Among the dozens of health benefits of this common household ingredient is its ability to improve digestion and promote the absorption of nutrients in tissues all over the body. Plus, its main component—piperine (which gives pepper its pungent taste)—boosts fat metabolism by as much as 8% for several hours after ingesting it. If you want your pepper to pack the most punch, use freshly ground pepper, which has the most concentrated amounts of piperine.

I literally use black pepper with anything I eat.

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About Elias Shams
I have been a serial entrepreneur in telecom and social media space for past 12 years or so. I hold a M.S. degree in Telecommunication Engineering from the George Washington University and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Maryland. I’ve lived and worked in many countries and cities including London England, Tehran Iran, Bonn Germany, Paris France, Alicante Spain, Delhi India, and my favorite of all Washington, DC of great US of A. Two of the greatest Washington, DC based companies I worked for and very proud of are Yurie Systems which was sold to Lucent in 1998 for $1.23 B and telezoo.com that I founded in 1999. I am currently the founder and awesomizer @ awesomize.me

2 Responses to Research Reveals the Secrets Behind my Good Mood and Look

  1. HH says:

    Elias,

    Macaroni is for kids.

    The correct term would be Persian Spaghetti! Although you inserted the ‘Persian’ part in the name. It is just Spaghetti with a Crust! Even Italians would make it this way, if they knew better.

    On a serious note, I thought I would add another link to your post for your readers, which further details the medicinal uses of Saffron and its preparation, and it has a word of caution too, that I think should be pointed out for pregnant women.

    http://hubpages.com/hub/Alternative-medicine-Saffron-
    http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_g2603/is_0006/ai_2603000641/

    On a much lighter note, as you read these articles, Saffron comes very close to being the miracle spice. On one hand it reduces the discomforts associated with PMS, on another hand it is an aphrodisiac, and then if the first two uses resulted in a mistake, it is also a natural way to get rid of unwanted pregnancies!!! Got to remember to get my wife to use it more!!!!

  2. Love these herbs and their healing properties I get all of these in almost everyday to include Turmeric which provides for a very easy, cleansing monthly cycle for me. I do not anticipate hot flashes, etc as I gracefully transition into my fifties and maintain a healthy monthly cycle into my sixties. We do not have to suffer through our natural life cycles when we provide our bodies with appropriate nutrients and herbs our body needs to thrive naturally. These healing spices/herbs can be added to cultured veggies (Probiotic food source), teas, coffee, salad dressings, etc. There are thousands of opportunities to include healing herbs in our daily lifestyle providing longevity, improved digestion and a naturally upbeat mood! Thank you for sharing this information!

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