Sage is a staple herb in various kitchens around the world. Its other names include common sage, garden sage and Salvia officinalis. It belongs to the mint family, along with other herbs such as oregano, rosemary, basil and thyme. Sage has a strong aroma and earthy taste, which is why it is commonly used in small quantities. Even so, it is packed with a variety of important nutrients and compounds.
Sage is also used as a natural cleanser, pesticide and ritual object in the spiritual burning of sage or otherwise smudge. This green herb is available fresh, dried or in oil form – and has many health benefits.
Sage is rich in nutrients – especially vitamin K – despite being low in calories. A teaspoon (0.7 grams) boasts 10% of your daily vitamin K needs. Antioxidants are molecules that help strengthen your body’s defenses by neutralizing potentially harmful free radicals associated with chronic diseases.
Sage is full of antioxidants associated with various health benefits, including improved brain function and lower cancer risk.
Sage has antimicrobial effects, which can neutralize germs that promote dental plaque. During menopause, your body experiences a natural decrease in estrogen hormones. This can cause a wide range of unpleasant symptoms.
Sage can help reduce the intensity and frequency of menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes and irritability. The leaves of common sage have traditionally been used as an anti-diabetes medicine.
Sage can reduce blood sugar levels by increasing insulin sensitivity., Sage can help support your brain and memory in several ways. Studies show that sage can improve memory, brain function and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. Intake of sage and sage has been shown to reduce “bad” LDL cholesterol levels and increase “good” HDL cholesterol levels.
Sage has been linked to other potential health benefits, such as relieving diarrhea, supporting bone health and fighting skin aging.
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