Author(s): Kermani T, Mousavi SH, Shemshian M, Norouzy A, Mazidi M,
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Abstract OBJECTIVES: We have investigated the effect of a saffron supplement, given at a dose of 100 mg/kg, on prooxidant-antioxidant balance (PAB) in individuals with metabolic syndrome. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A randomized, placebo-controlled trial design was used in 75 subjects with metabolic syndrome who were randomly allocated to one of two study groups: (1) the case group received 100mg/kg saffron and (2) the placebo control group received placebo for 12 weeks. The serum PAB assay was applied to all subjects before (week 0) and after (weeks 6 and 12) the intervention. RESULTS: There was a significant (p=0.035) reduction in serum PAB between week 0 to week 6 and also from week 0 to week 12. CONCLUSION: Saffron supplements can modulate serum PAB in subjects with metabolic syndrome, implying an improvement in some aspects of oxidative stress or antioxidant protection.
This article was published in Avicenna J Phytomed
and referenced in Medicinal & Aromatic Plants