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09/10/14

Iranian researchers produce anti-depressant pills from saffron

Source: ISNA

Iranian researchers have produced anti-depressant pills, using saffron extract. Head of Iranian Drug Produces Development Center of Mashhad Medical Sciences University said the country aims to mass produce crocin tablets used for recovery of depression.

"The anti-depressant properties of the drug have been proved in a clinical study," Bijan Malaekeh said.

The study has investigated crocin effects on treating depression and anxiety comparing to placebo.

"The drug obtained from saffron is the most important anti-oxidant. Much of saffron medical properties exist in the drug," he said.

Malaekeh noted that crocin could also be used for rentinal disorders, alzheimer and erectile dysfunctions.

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