The sage has been used for centuries to sweet the food or medicinal purposes. It was used in the Mediterranean region first and then found its place around the world. This plans scientific name says it all – Salvia, if translated from Latin it means to be saved or to cure.

The Health Benefits from Sage

There are many things that the Sage can do for you. Here are some of them:

Improve the memory and the functioning of the brain

 The conducted studies show that the Sage can improve the cognitive abilities and treat potential neurological disorders like Alzheimer`s disease. The Chinese medicine has been using the sage for these disorders.

There was a study in the University of Newcastle and North Umbria that made participants take capsules containing sage. They performed better on a word recall test than the group that took placebo.

Treatment for Alzheimer`s disease

The Alzheimer`s disease has been studied for long time. New developments have been discovered. A trial published in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics give results of improvement in the cognitive skills of the patients and they experienced less agitation after taking the sage for four months.

The enzymes in the sage bring a lot of positive effects on the brain. The chemical of the enzyme called acetylcholinesterase (AChE) has the potential to disturb the neurotransmitters function in the patients suffering from Alzheimer. The scientists try to implement the sage in the treatment of the people suffering from Alzheimer. But the side effects are still not explored enough.

Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory properties of the Sage

If suffering from inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and asthma, you need to increase the sage intake. Its antioxidant and anti- inflammatory compounds can help improve the health. The sage is easily absorbed because of the rosmarinic acid it contains, and you can control the body`s inflammations. The leaves and the stem also has antioxidant enzymes that can prevent oxidative stress resulting in chronic diseases like cancer.

Liver health from Sage

Studies conducted on animals show that the sage can improve the liver health. When water was replaced with sage the level of the antioxidant in the liver has increased. This was reported in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in the 2005 addition. Another study conducted in 2007 showed that the sage can prevent depletion of glutathione, and important liver antioxidant. It was also conducted on animals.

Studies conducted on humans are still not made because of the unclear effects of the sage on the liver. The published study from 2007 in the Food and Chemical Toxicology showed that the sage tea increases the carbon tetrachloride- medicated toxicity of the liver in the laboratory animals, can be dangerous. Before using any sage tea, you need to consult your doctor.

Prevent diabetes with Sage

The level of blood glucose and cholesterol can be reduced with sage. The studies were conducted in the laboratory on animals, showing that the sage can release the stored glucose from the liver and lower the blood sugar levels of the animals. The sage can prevent the type 2 diabetes. There is still a need for human studies, but a published study in the Complimentary Theories in Medicine showed that the sage can also reduce the fasting glucose levels in the patients already suffering from diabetes.

Always consult your doctor before using the sage for lowering the level of blood sugar if you are a diabetic and you want to take the sage as a supplement.

Reduce the menopause symptoms

Research show that tea made from dried sage leaves can be effective during the phase of hot flashes. Women should drink the sage tea during the hot flash phase and as a preventive measure. Only one serving can reduce these flashes for two days.

Published study in 2011 in the Advances in Therapy show that these flashes can be reduced by taking the sage leaf supplement. After taking it for 4 weeks, the flashes were reduced by 50 % and after 8 weeks by 64%.

Help with anxiety and increase the mood with sage

There were volunteers that were divided in two groups. One took sage leaf extract and the other placebo sugar pill. The difference was significant. Once they took stress-stimulation test the group that took sage had improved mood, the alertness and calmness had improved and the anxiety level had decreased. Opposite of those who took the placebo sugar pill.

Safety notes and precautions

Always consult a doctor about your health condition before taking any sage supplements. It may have some interactions with the medications you are already taking, and it can cause some negative effect.

Here is the WebMD list for precautions:

  • if pregnant or breastfeeding you shouldn’t take sage because of the chemical it contains named thujone. It can be toxic and can cause miscarriage or reduce milk supply.
  • monitor sugar level if you are diabetic
  • if you have high or low blood pressure you shouldn’t consume sage because of the estrogen hormone
  • don’t take sage prior a surgery, it may interfere the blood sugar control
  • if you suffer from seizures don’t take sage, it might trigger an episode.

Interaction with drugs

Always consult your doctor prior taking sage supplements. If you are taking:

-Anti diabetes drugs or

-Anti convulsants (against seizures) always consult a doctor.

How much should you consume sage?

You can find sage as a fresh or dried herb, liquid tincture, extract, capsules, essential oil and tea. Every web site you visit recommends that you consult your doctor before deciding to drink sage tea regularly. The doctor will say how much tea you can consume depending on your health, age and weight. To prepare the tea you need 1-3 grams dried sage in a cup of boiling water. Adults can consume up to 3 cups each day. If you are trying to treat the Alzheimer`s disease you need to dose 1 gram of sage per day. You can gradually increase the dosage to 2.5 mg three times a day. Sage extract is being used in some natural toothpaste because of its antiseptic and antibacterial properties. It can treat oral infections, gingivitis and sore gums. The making of natural antiseptic tooth powder with sage can be found here as well as one for treating gum infections.