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Super Foods: Sage

February 2017

Sage, a culinary herb, originated in the Mediterranean and is related to the mint family. It can be added to almost any dish as well as to smoothies, or drunk as a tea, and is known for a wide range of beneficial health effects.

Diabetes

Sage has been shown to lower blood glucose levels.1

Skin Care

Sclareol, a compound that is derived from sage and used as a scent oil, has been found to reduce skin wrinkles when used topically in a cream.2

Memory

Studies have shown the efficacy of sage for improving memory,3 as well as combatting cognitive impairment in people both with and without dementia.4

Upset Stomach

Taken as an herbal tea, sage can soothe stomach distress and indigestion.5

Sore throat

Gargling with sage can provide relief from sore throat.5 To make a liquid mouthwash, add about a half-teaspoon of dried sage leaves to a half cup of water, boil it, let it cool and strain out the leaves.

References

  1. J Renal Inj Prev. 2013 Jun 1;2(2):51-4.
  2. J Cosmet Dermatol. 2016 Jul 28.
  3. Ann Pharm Fr. 2015 Jul;73(4):281-8.
  4. CNS Neurosci Ther. 2014 Jun;20(6):485-95.
  5. J Tradit Complement Med. 2014 Apr-Jun; 4(2): 82–8.