The health benefits of sage
Sage isn’t just a healthy herb to add flavour to your cooking. Check out these various health benefits of sage. It also offers a smorgasbord of tantalising health benefits. Just check out these various health benefits of sage:
Sage through the ages
The word ‘sage’ stems from the Latin ‘salvere’ which means ‘to be saved’. So perhaps it’s no wonder why people have been celebrating its healing ‘powers’ for eons.
Many cultures throughout history have used sage to aid sleep, soothe colds and relieve anxiety. It’s also been used to treat memory loss and Alzheimer’s disease, with several studies backing up the claim.
Sage for a healthy heart
A recent studies showed that taking sage leaf extract for three months lowered blood glucose and cholesterol in people with diabetes and high cholesterol (hyperlipidemia).
Sage for inflammation
Sage may also help manage inflammation. In fact, it’s common in Germany to apply sage tea to skin inflammation – or gargle it. It’s thanks to rosmarinic acid, a known anti-inflammatory which also helps with digestive disorders.
Antiseptic, antibacterial, antioxidant
Next time you have a sore throat or mouth ulcer, you might want to drink a little sage tea. It contains phenolic acids, which help protect against staphylococcus aureus, as well as Escherichia coli and Candida.
Sage is also an antioxidant, which prevent free radicals from attacking cells – slowing down the ageing process.
Sage for indigestion
Sage may also relieve an upset stomach. It’s been shown to reduce the symptoms of indigestion and help everything move the way that it should. If you catch our drift.
For goodness sage
Sage certainly has a lot to offer beyond flavour. Try it as a tea, or use fresh sage in recipes. Or ask a dietician or nutritionist to help you incorporate sage as part of a healthy eating plan.