Like any NOW Foods product in capsules, it's possible to smell the ingredients without having to open a capsule. If it has some benefit so much the better. I bought it more for some sort of aroma therapy (saffron scent calms me down), because I can't cook with saffron every day.
My grandma has seen overall improvement- so much energy, better sleep and she feels very good overall. It is after taking two tablets a day instead of one, as she did before. Now ordering again for her and for myself too. Amazing what nature can give us. No extra hidden ingredients, pure spice.
Saffron has two purposes for me:
a) It helps w/ mood (I had been taking it for years for this benefit)
b) It also helps my heart medicine (Cardizem) to be more effective. It works by helping the vascular vessels to be more dilated.
The cost for the Saffron is far less than it used to be (at least buying from Amazon originally), but the quality has stayed the same.
This supplement sure has helped me both with mood and vision. I do have eye floaters and take saffron along with milk thistle seed extract, and a product specific to help the macula. I am happy with good results.
I did not notice effects on my mood or better vision, as I hoped. I will continue taking saffron because maybe the results may take longer. This brand had the highest percentage crocins off all the brands I compared, this part is very important for your vision.
The Saffron helped with depression but it made nauseous. If you read about it online, that’s a possible side affect, but I’ve always had a bit more sensitive tummy and digestive system. Also, online it says don’t take Saffron if you have bipolar disorder.