We’re offering some sage advice
Sage has been used for medicinal purposes for thousands of years. While some of the original beliefs about sage, such as that it protects against evil can’t exactly be proven, there are many health benefits to this herb.
Whether you grow it in your garden, buy fresh herbs at the grocery store or get some of the ground spice, it can add a new flavor and many benefits to your meals.
Here are some of the benefits of sage:
- Contains helpful antioxidants. Antioxidants can help protect your cells from damage from free radicals. Sage can help neutralize these free radicals and help prevent oxidative stress in vital organs.
- Contains anti-inflammatory properties. Sage is a good option for people who suffer from inflammatory issues, especially in the respiratory or gastrointestinal tracts. People with bronchial asthma may especially benefit from adding sage to their diet.
- Preserves your eye health. Sage is high in Vitamin A, which can help boost your eye health.
- Aids digestion. Its anti-inflammatory properties can also help with stomach inflammation, making the flow of digestion easier.
- Boosts brain function. Consuming sage can increase memory retention, by helping keep your concentration and focus strong. Though more research is needed, it may also help with Alzheimer’s disease.
- Helps strengthen your immune system. Sage contains antimicrobial properties, though we usually only consume a small amount. However, sage can also be used topically to prevent bacteria and viral infections from getting through the skin.
- Improves bone health. Vitamin K is an essential vitamin not found in many foods. This vitamin is found in sage and helps with developing bone density and keeping your bones strong as you age.
- Helps manage diabetes. Sage can help regulate and inhibit the release of glucose stored in the liver. This helps to regulate blood sugar, so it’s ideal for people with diabetes.
Sage is a part of the mint family, so anyone with mint allergies should exercise caution when consuming this herb. Before introducing any new herb into your diet, always consult your doctor.