Sage is one of the herbs that succeed in capturing people’s hearts all over the globe. It has been used for centuries because of its sweet taste and medical properties. First, it conquered the Mediterranean region and slowly became part of the homes all over the globe.
Health benefits of sage:
Sage boosts memory and brain function
A study has shown that this herb can change the cognitive abilities of people and might treat neurological disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease. Examiners who were taking capsules with sage oil performed considerably better on a word recall test in comparison with the group taking placebo.
Treat Alzheimer’s disease with sage
Another study has showed that patients with mild to moderate forms of this disease improved their cognitive skills and experienced less agitation after taking sage for four months.
However, further studies are expected to show how sage could be a factor to the development of Alzheimer’s medications, which at the moment trigger a lot of unwanted side effects.
Sage has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
This herb includes many anti-inflammatory and antioxidant compounds. People who suffer from inflammatory conditions, such as arthritis and asthma, should enlarge their sage intake.
Sage might prevent diabetes
Sage can reduce blood glucose levels and cholesterol, as some studies have shown. However, these studies were mostly conducted on laboratory animals and showed that sage extract blocked the release of stored glucose from the liver thus lowering the animals’ blood sugar levels. More human studies are needed.
Consult your doctor if you are a diabetic and want to take the herb as a supplement.
Sage helps with anxiety and increases mood
Sage can boost your mental well-being. When examiners took either sage leaf extract or a placebo sugar pill, there was a significant difference between the two groups when taking a stress-stimulation test. People who were taking sage had improved mood prior to the test, and taking a 600 milligram dose improved the examiners’ alertness and calmness and lowered their anxiety levels throughout the test.
Read the following precautions:
- Because sage contains a chemical called thujone, pregnant and breastfeeding women should not be taking it. In large doses, thujone can be toxic and cause a miscarriage, as well as reduce milk supply.
- People who have diabetes should carefully keep track of their sugar levels.
- A species of sage, known as Spanish salvia should not be consumed if you have a condition that can be worsen by exposure to estrogen hormone. Also, it should not be consumed if you have either high or low blood pressure.
- This herb should not be used before a surgery, because it might interfere with blood sugar control.
- The chemical thujone can trigger a seizure, so do not take it of you have such problems.
Interactions with certain drugs
Be careful and check with your doctor if you’re on:
- Anti-diabetes drugs
- Anti-convulsants (medications that prevent seizures)
How much sage should you consume?
You can find sage as a fresh or dries herb, liquid tincture, an extract, capsules, essential oil and tea. It is advisable to consult your doctor before you decide to begin drinking sage tea regularly. You can prepare sage tea by steeping 1 to 3 g of dried sage in 1 cup of boiling water, and adults can consume up to 3 cups of this medicinal tea every day.
For treating Alzheimer’s disease dosage is 1 gram of sage daily. The sage extract dose should be gradually increased over time to 2.5 mg three times daily.
Sage is commonly found ingredient in natural toothpaste because of its excellent antiseptic and antibacterial properties, and is known to treat oral infections, gingivitis and sore gums.