Iran builds anti-depressant pills by saffron

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 retinal disorders, Alzheimer and erectile dysfunctions.