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Good For You: In a 2008 study, 76 percent of women who took saffron capsules daily reported a 50 percent drop in PMS symptoms like mood swings and fatigue. The spice may also help alleviate mild to moderate depression. In a 2005 study, saffron supplements were as effective as a common antidepressant in reducing depressive symptoms.
Tastes Great, Too: Steep saffron in any liquid to infuse whatever you're cooking with its flavor. It's also delicious in desserts; Sercarz likes poaching peaches in saffron-laced fruit juice.