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By Louise Carr, Featured Columnist









The wonderful thing about sage is its versatility. Like many
herbs, sage has been prized over the years for its medicinal
benefits.  The use of sage as a medicine for sore throats,
bruises and cleaning wounds dates from ancient Greece and
ancient Egypt, according to the 1st century Greek physician
Dioscorides.  

Did you know sage can actually improve mental function and
memory, reduce anxiety levels and even lower cholesterol?

In fact, its Latin name Salvia officinalis comes from the word
salvere, which means “to be saved”. Sage is a native
Mediterranean herb that, along with basil,
thyme, rosemary
and lavender, belongs to the mint family. Aside from its
health benefits, this soft and sweet herb also makes your
pork and poultry taste great. Here’s why sage herb is an
excellent addition to your kitchen shelf.

What Makes Sage Healthy?

Sage is a great source of flavonoids such as apigenin,
diosmetin, and luteolin, and it is also a good source of
phenolic acids.

Sage is excellent for getting a vitamin K fix --- 24 mcg of
sage contains 27 percent of the daily recommended value of
vitamin K. Sage also contains vitamin A.

Sage was once used to treat a wide variety of ailments from
infertility to menstrual bleeding, arthritis to breast
engorgement. Today, sage is reportedly good for treating
sore throats, reducing symptoms of anxiety, acting as an
anti-inflammatory agent, and helping to protect against
cancer and liver disease.

How to Store and Serve Sage

Fresh sage is much tastier than dried, so this should be your
first option when you buy the herb.

Choose sage with fresh, bright green-gray leaves that don’t
show any signs of yellowing or dark spots. Store fresh sage
leaves wrapped in damp paper towel inside a plastic bag in
the fridge.

Sage is an ideal accompaniment to pork and it also serves as
a good flavoring for poultry. Eat pork chops flavored with
apple and sage, and chicken or fish baked with sage so the
flavor is absorbed. Or try sage herb with beans, olive oil and
garlic spread on bruschetta. Sage works well in a tomato
sauce for pasta, or as an addition to omelets and pizza.
While sage is undoubtedly tasty, it also has a range of
surprising health benefits.

We looked at the latest scientific studies to show you why
sage herb is unbelievably good for your health.



























1.
Sage for Sore Throats

Sage could be the ideal remedy for a sore throat. A 2006
study by researchers at the Sidroga GmbH agency in Bad
Säckingen, Germany found that a throat spray made with
sage at a 15 percent concentration was significantly effective
at reducing throat pain in 286 people compared with placebo.

Perhaps it is the phenolic acids or the flavonoids, but sage
seems to be strangely efficient at resolving a sore throat.

If you can't find sage spray, try making a tea of sage. Boil
water and add a table spoon of sage. Steep for 3 minutes.
Add honey to taste.

2.
Sage Helps Alzheimer’s Disease Sufferers

It is not clear exactly why sage herb should be of use to
Alzheimer’s disease sufferers but it appears that the herb
can improve mental functioning.

A 2003 study from Tehran University of Medical Sciences and
Institute of Medicinal Plants in Iran looked at 42 people with
mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease and found that the
supplement modestly improved mental function over four
months, and also could possibly help to reduce agitation in
patients.

3.
Sage Improves Memory in Healthy Subjects

In addition, sage has been shown to benefit the memory in
people who are not suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.

A 2003 study from Northumbria University in the UK showed
that a 50 microl dose of Salvia essential oil significantly
improved immediate word recall, a test for your
short term
memory.

Other studies have also shown similar benefits, in particular
a 2008 study from Swinburne University, Melbourne, in
Australia that demonstrated a short term memory benefit for
older adults who took various doses of the supplement. Who
knows? It could help your recall.

4.
Sage Can Help Reduce Anxiety Levels?

It may not seem likely, but small studies have shown that
sage leaf actually helps to improve mood and
reduce anxiety
levels.

A 2005 report from the University of Northumbria in the UK
discovered weak links between sage leaf and improved mood
and anxiety. As the studies have been small, more needs to
be done in order to establish more concrete evidence.

5.
Eat Sage to Lower Your Cholesterol Levels

Want to lower your cholesterol? Of course you do. Then try
sage. A small study of 67 people in 2011 from the Research
Institute of Medicinal Plants, Karaj, Iran saw modest
cholesterol lowering benefits of 500mg of sage extract every
8 hours – total LDL cholesterol was lowered without any
adverse side effects.

It may not be a big drop, but every little helps when it comes
to high cholesterol.

6.
Lower Glucose Levels With Sage Herb

As well as lowering cholesterol, sage also helps to lower
blood sugar levels according to experts.

In a 2013 study from the Research Institute of Medicinal
Plants, Karaj in Iran 86 people with high cholesterol and also
diabetes took sage leaf extract. The results showed that the
supplement improved fasting glucose levels as well as
lowered cholesterol, which helped diabetes sufferers more
effectively control their condition.  

7.
Sage Herb Has an Anti-Inflammatory Effect

At the root of sage’s reported health benefits is a strong anti-
inflammatory action, which may help to reduce the impact of
high cholesterol as well as protect against the damage
caused by inflammatory conditions.

A 2001 study from the University of Ljubljana in Slovenia
shows that topical sage extract has an anti-inflammatory
effect and that this is due to the effects of ursolic acid.

Researchers suggest that sage extract may be helpful for
treating inflammatory diseases without side effects.


[Editor's Note:

8.
Sage Strengthens Your Immune System

Sage and other herbs of the "Lamiaceae" family such as
rosemary have a proven ability to enhance the effectiveness
of your immune system.

Many studies have confirmed this conclusion but one recent
example is a 2013 study from Texas State University led by
Dr. V.A. Vattem. This study found that adding a solution of
0.1% sage boosted the overall count of immune cells which
scavenge infections by 35%. ]







































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