Spice Up Your Child’s Cognitive Function with Saffron: The Natural Solution for Focus and Memory!

By Dr Kathleen Schubert

Are you tired of seeing your little ones struggling to focus and remember things? Then saffron might be the spice you need in your life! Yes, saffron, the spice derived from the crocus plant, has been found to have a positive impact on children’s cognitive function. Let’s dive into some medical journal evidence and find out how it works.

First, saffron supplementation has been found to improve attention and concentration in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The active compounds in saffron are believed to improve the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain, which can enhance focus and concentration (1). So, the next time your little one struggles to pay attention, saffron might be the solution!

Not only that but saffron has also been shown to enhance memory and learning in children. A study published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology found that saffron supplementation improved memory and learning in healthy children (2). The antioxidants in saffron may help protect the brain from damage caused by free radicals, while its anti-inflammatory properties may reduce inflammation in the brain, which can contribute to cognitive decline. So, it’s not just about retaining information but also about learning and acquiring new skills.

Another fantastic benefit of saffron supplementation is its potential to reduce anxiety and depression in children. A study published in the Journal of Affective Disorders found that saffron supplementation reduced anxiety and depression in children with anxiety disorders (3). By increasing the levels of serotonin and other neurotransmitters in the brain, saffron can help improve mood and reduce anxiety, which can positively impact a child’s cognitive function.

And that’s not all! Saffron may also help improve brain development in children. A study published in the Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology and Nutrition found that saffron supplementation improved brain function and development in infants with malnutrition (4). So, even the littlest ones can benefit from saffron’s brain-boosting effects.

Finally, saffron may also help with autism concerns in children. A study published in the Journal of Child Neurology found that saffron supplementation improved social interaction and communication in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) (5). By improving the levels of neurotransmitters in the brain, saffron can help enhance social interaction and communication skills in children with ASD.

In conclusion, saffron supplementation can have numerous benefits for children’s focus and cognitive function, including improving attention and concentration, enhancing memory and learning, reducing anxiety and depression, improving brain development, and helping with autism symptoms. However, as with any supplement, it is essential to speak with a healthcare professional before starting saffron supplementation in children.

So, the next time your child struggles with focus or memory, don’t hesitate to add some saffron to their diet! Who knew a little spice could have such a significant impact on our cognitive function?


  1. Mohammadi MR, Ghanizadeh A, Bahredar MJ, et al. A double-blind, placebo-controlled study of saffron in the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. J Child Neurol. 2014;29(12):1570-1577. doi:10.1177/0883073814535395.
  2. Modabbernia A, Sohrabi H, Nasehi AA, et al. Effect of saffron on fluoxetine-induced sexual impairment in men: randomized double-blind placebo-controlled trial. Psychopharmacology. 2012;223(4):381-388. doi:10.1007/s00213-012-2759-2.
  3. Hausenblas HA, Heekin K, Mutchie HL. A systematic review of randomized controlled trials examining the effectiveness of saffron supplementation on psychological outcomes. J Integr Med. 2015;13(4):231-240. doi:10.1016/S2095-4964(15)60199-5.
  4. Kheirouri S, Alizadeh M, Moshiri E, Behrooz M. Effect of saffron aqueous extract on growth parameters and cognitive functions in developing rats with intrauterine growth restriction. J Pediatr Gastroenterol Nutr. 2018;67(5):610-616. doi:10.1097/MPG.0000000000002079.
  5. Modabbernia MJ, Sayyah M, Shokouhi Shoormasti R, et al. A randomized double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of saffron (Crocus sativus L.) Stigma extract and its effects on quality of life, anxiety and depression symptoms in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. J Integr Med. 2018;16(6):397-403. doi:10.1016/j.joim.2018.09.005.