Vita-Web Saffron Extract is a herbal dietary supplement that comes from Vita-Web. It is marketed to help with weight loss and relieve PMS symptoms. It may also help with menstrual cramps, insomnia, depression, and even enhance sex.
In terms of its benefits for weight loss, the manufacturer claims that its saffron extract acts as a natural appetite suppressant, helps you to feel fuller faster so you consume less, reduces the urge to snack, eases anxiety to help prevent emotional eating, helps to boost and regulate metabolism, boosts energy, aids in sleep which helps to reduce potential sleep disturbance-related weight gain, and fights stress and stress-related weight gain.
The Vita-Web Saffron Extract contains only one active ingredient which is saffron extract. The serving size is 2 capsules, which contains 176.50 mg of the extract. Users are instructed to take 2 capsules per day with lots of water.
Does saffron actually have any effect on weight loss? Some studies have found that taking saffron over the long term may help to curb appetite, which could lead to weight loss. One study in particular found that participants, who supplemented with 176.50 mg of saffron daily over an eight week period, significantly reduced snacking, which lead to a mild decrease in weight. However, research is inconclusive. More studies need to be conducted to better determine saffron’s potential effectiveness for weight loss. It should also be noted that any effects involving mild appetite change occurred after several weeks of supplementing with the herb on a daily basis.
That being said, there is stronger evidence to support the claim that saffron may help to treat depression.
Some individuals who take saffron may experience unpleasant side effects, such as dry mouth, dizziness, anxiety, nausea, drowsiness, stomach discomfort, and headache.
If you are considering taking Vtia-Web Saffron for weight loss or for any other reason, you should first talk to your doctor about your intentions. This is important because saffron extract may not be suitable for everyone including pregnant or breast feeding women or individuals with bipolar disorder.
Finally, keep in mind that individuals who use saffron extract for weight loss typically take this supplement for several months, as the potential appetite suppressing benefits do not take effect quickly. At the time that this review was written, Vita-Web Saffron Extract was on sale and available for $32.00 for a one month supply, but this price didn’t include shipping. In other words, this particular product could become expensive if used over the long term.