The colder months are approaching and with that our days are becoming shorter and darker. The less sun we get, the worse we tend to feel. Many of us suffer from seasonal affective disorder and become very sad, lethargic and borderline depressed because we don’t get enough sun and our body struggles to produce enough serotonin, otherwise known as the happiness hormone. Apart from that, during the winter month our body also struggles with the production of melatonin, a hormone wich helps us regulate our sleep and can affect our mood too. All in all, a lot of people end up feeling tired and moody during the colder season. However there are simple easy steps you can take to improve that. Let’s start with eating the right foods, which can help to boost your mood on a cold day.
According to psychiatrists this plant has an antidepressant effect. Doctors have conducted a study on patients in the psychiatric ward, giving them 15 g of saffron or placebo daily for two months. Three-quarters of people taking saffron reported an increase in their “emotional well-being” compared with participants in the placebo group. Researchers believe that the effect of saffron is similar to that of Prozac – it increases the concentration of serotonin in the brain.