A popular, but pricey, spice called saffron may be able to improve sleep quality in adults who often experience unrestful nights, according to a new study. The research comes from the same team that previously linked saffron with an antidepressant effect, at least in people who have up to moderate depression and who are also taking a prescription antidepressant medication.
Saffron is a popular spice derived from the flower best known as ‘saffron crocus.’ The spice resembles a crimson-colored thread; it is plucked from the crocus flowers, meaning that unlike other spices, this one hard to gather in large quantities. As a result, true saffron is the most expensive spice in the world.
Despite the cost, this spice remains popular as a supplement in addition to an ingredient, with some people claiming to experience various benefits from this compound. One of those benefits, past research has found, may be a reduction in depression symptoms for people who have mild or moderate depression.