Does Your Teen Sometimes Suffer From Low Mood, Sadness, Stress and/or Anxiety? This Research Study Investigates The Mood-lifting Effects of a Saffron Supplement

Please note: This trial has finished recruiting and is not accepting new participants.

Research Centre: Murdoch University
Location: Australia
Lead Doctor: Dr Adrian Lopresti and Professor Peter Drummond
Ethics Committee: This study has been reviewed and approved by Murdoch University Human Research Ethics Committee

Researcher Interview

Background

Many young Australians suffer from anxiety and/or depression. Unfortunately, current available treatments are not always effective in reducing symptoms of anxiety or depression.

Previous research in adults has shown that saffron (the spice) is an effective treatment for mild-to-moderate depression and anxiety. This study is investigating whether saffron has similar effects in teens who suffer depression and/or anxiety symptoms.

This study seeks adolescents (anywhere in Australia) aged 12 – 16 years old who periodically suffer from low mood, sadness, stress and/or anxiety. Participants are required to take capsules twice daily and must be willing to regularly communicate with the research site via phone calls, text messages or emails over an 8 week period.

Benefits to Participation

  • Your child may experience an improvement in their mood and/or anxiety symptoms
  • Your child will receive the saffron capsules at no cost to yourself.
  • Your child will be helping to advance medical research

Your Rights

  • If you decide to participate in the study and later feel that you no longer wish to be part of it, you may withdraw at any time.
  • Your records relating to this study and any other information received will be kept strictly confidential.
  • Qualified health professionals will monitor your child’s health as it relates to the study.

Who Can Participate?

  • Adolescents (anywhere in Australia) aged 12 – 16 years old who periodically suffer from mild to moderate depression symptoms such as low mood, sadness, stress and/or anxiety (moderate severity)
  • Able to take capsules twice daily
  • Not taking any medications (apart from the birth control pill)
  • Able to communicate with the research site via phone calls, text messages or emails over an 8 week period

What Next?

  1. Click the link below to enter your contact details and answer some eligibility questions.
  2. The research centre will then contact you by phone to discuss the trial and answer your questions.
Click Here to Enter Your Contact Details and Be Contacted by Phone About the Trial