What Dr. Oz Didn’t Tell You About Saffron and Snacking

by Dr. Julian Whitaker
Filed Under: Weight Loss
Last Reviewed 02/28/2014

Some of you might have seen The Dr. Oz Show earlier this week where Dr. Oz spoke about a new saffron extract called Satiereal, calling it a “miracle appetite suppressant.” Dr. Oz had two women in his audience try the supplement over the weekend, and they lost eight pounds between them.

Folks, this is the type of media hype that does the public a real disservice. Yes, Satiereal is a powerful appetite suppressant, but calling it a fast-acting “miracle appetite suppressant” is unfounded and is a far cry from what the actual research states.

The appetite suppressant power that Dr. Oz talks about was evidenced in a 2010 randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study in which folks were either given Satiereal or a placebo for eight weeks. Those who were given Satiereal snacked up to 51% less—but that effect kicked in starting at week four, not in a single weekend!

This leads me to believe that the women on Dr. Oz’s show may have enjoyed a placebo-type effect from knowing they were given a “miracle” supplement. Plus, they knew they were due to be weighed on national television—that would be enough incentive to get most people to stop overeating for a weekend.

But there was also other data Dr. Oz didn’t report. By the end of the study, roughly 70% of those taking Satiereal reported feeling less hungry and having a reduced urge to snack between meals. But these things kicked in over a period of weeks, not days.

What’s the bottom line for you? If snacking is an issue for you, as it is for many people, I absolutely encourage you to take Satiereal. But you need to give it time. The good news is your patience pays off, and the appetite-suppressing effect lasts for as long as you’re taking it.

Now it’s your turn: Have you tried Satiereal?

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