15 June 2020 | News
The first clinically proven botanical to reduce anxiety and depression symptoms in teenagers may help youth in current crisis
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Teenagers are one of the most vulnerable targets for stress due to the COVID-19 crisis and among the hardest hit from a mental health standpoint. Parents are seeking natural, holistic solutions for mental health for their children and themselves. Pharmactive Biotech, S.L., can now offer its affron®, all-natural saffron extract as a holistic solution for mental health for teens and other age groups.
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Affron is the first saffron extract (Crocus sativus L.) clinically studied on adolescents. In a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study of adolescents aged 12-16 years with mild-to-moderate symptoms, affron, when taken over an 8-week period, improved anxiety and depressive symptoms in the subjects.
“Affron possesses a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory impact, which not only could help balance key neurotransmitters levels, such as serotonin and dopamine, but also fights the oxidative stress produced by anxiety and stress in the brain,” explains Alberto Espinel, Manager of Strategic R&D in Active and Functional Natural Ingredients for Pharmactive. “Unfortunately, investigations into the use of herbal and nutraceutical agents for youth are limited. However, they carry significant potential that has yet to be realized. This gap in scientific exploration is what inspired our study of affron with adolescents.”