Sage, Salvia officinalis, is a desert herb native to the Mediterranean. It prefers shallow, rocky soils and large amounts of sun. Cooks rely on this herb for its distinct flavor and aroma, and the herb also offers a number of potential health and medicinal benefits. So what are the associated health benefits with this amazingly, powerful herb, lets take a closer look and see how you can incorporate this into your healthy lifestyle!
Sage And Diabetes:
This wonderful herb may have other potential health benefits, including protecting against diabetes. Studies on laboratory animals published in the “British Journal of Nutrition” found that this paticular extract might be hypoglycemic, lowering the animals’ blood glucose by blocking release of stored glucose from the liver, a function the liver performs in response to a hormone called glucagon. The authors compared these effects to those of a common diabetes drug, metformin, and suggested that sage might be a useful preventive against Type 2 diabetes. However, studies on human subjects are needed to confirm its potential for this use.
Sage For Hot Flashes:
There’s some evidence that this amazing herb may be beneficial for reducing hot flashes. For instance, in a study published in the Italian journal Minerva Ginecologica, researchers assigned 30 menopausal women to three months treatment with a combination of sage-leaf extract and alfalfa. Results showed that hot flashes completely disappeared in 20 women, while an additional four women showed “good improvement” in hot flashes.
Antioxidant Value of Sage:
Antioxidants act as scavengers to clean up the free radicals of metabolism and other
environmental toxins like smoke and pesticides in the body. Antioxidants work to prevent free radicals from attacking the cell tissues, prevent the signs of early aging and the risk of conditions like cancer and heart disease. As a tea, this herb is a potent source of antioxidants, according to a study published in “Frontiers in Pharmacology” in 2011. These antioxidants
help to stave off these damaging effects of free radicals.
This herb is often used as a natural remedy for depression. The affluent presence of antioxidants such as diosmetin, apigenin, and luteolin enables it to combat depression and stress. Drinking a cup of sage tea is known to boost your spirits, thus ensuring you to overcome the negative thoughts triggered due to depression.
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