You probably already use sage to savor your meat, but perhaps you didn’t know exactly how many ways sage can be beneficial to your body and overall health.
What is Sage?
This soft, yet sweet savory herb has one of the longest histories of use of any medicinal herb, and has been consumed for thousands of years in mediterranean countries, where it’s originally from. It was heavily used in the olden times, up until refrigeration was invented, as a preservative for meat- which we now understand has to do with its high antioxidant abilities. In fact sage is viewed in such high regard that in 2001 it was voted the herb of the year by the International Herb Association.
Sage contains a variety of antioxidants — in the form of volatile oils, flavonoids and phenolic acids. These give sage a unique capacity for stabilizing oxygen-related metabolism and preventing oxygen-based damage to the cells.
- Brain Function
Sage helps provide better brain function and has been used in the treatment of cerebrovascular disease for over a thousand years.
Recent research points towards sage as a fantastic memory booster, and a recent study says that college students that took sage extracts performed better on memory tests as well as their overall moods improved.
- Anti Inflammatory
Rosmarinic acid, found in sage, will once inside the body fight to reduce inflammation, such as that pesky cold, by altering the concentrations of inflammatory messaging molecules. Also recommended for inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, bronchial asthma and atherosclerosis.
Goes well with: Squashes; parsley; rosemary; thyme; walnuts