The benefits of sage are innumerable. The name of this medicinal plant comes from the Latin, “salvare” (cure) and it is considered as one of the most suitable natural resources for the health of women. Softens the symptoms of menopause and menopause, reduces inflammation, pain, fluid retention and has adequate cardiovascular benefits.
The use of herbal medicine has an almost traditional use throughout our history. The plant world, from a chemical point of view, still hides great mysteries that medicine has tried to reveal almost since the beginning of civilization. Plants such as Ginseng, St. John’s Wort, Ginkgo Biloba or any type of tea, present interesting pharmacological effects that well understood and correctly ingested can mediate (as we already know) in our well-being.
Sage has been used medicinally since antiquity: it was used to treat the most diverse ailments to mental disorders to gastrointestinal discomfort. Science has supported some of its medical applications.
Now, plants by themselves do not cure diseases or psychological disorders. Thanks to its enzymes, essential oils, flavonoids, minerals, etc., they mediate in the optimization of certain processes. They relax us, they stimulate certain neurotransmitters, facilitate blood circulation, and activate cellular immunity … Making the correct use of them can serve as a type of complementary therapy very suitable for certain conditions.
Thus, and among all those proposals that nature offers us for our well-being, sage is one of the most interesting.
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The interesting benefits of sage
From the magazine “Medical News Today“ we have known several benefits of sage have been scientifically proven. Now, it should be noted that the family of Lamiaceae is quite broad. Thus, and until now, we have very revealing works on two very specific types of sage: Salvia officinalis and Salvia lavandulaefolia (the most common).
As indicated in the title of this article, sage has traditionally been that almost daily resource in the life of women. In ancient Greece, for example, it was used for cosmetic, culinary and, above all, therapeutic purposes. Its infusion, astringent but pleasant, is rich in innumerable vitamins, minerals and components capable of deflating and regulating female hormones.
Sage and menstruation
Among the most well-known benefits of salvia is its usefulness in smoothing the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome. What it does is decrease the pain sensation, the swelling, the headache, etc. Likewise, it is also effective in alleviating the symptoms associated with menopause (its essential oil has a mild estrogenic activity).
The University of Vienna published a work in 2013 on salvia very interesting. This plant proves to have a very useful anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial action.
Something as simple as drinking between one or two cups of sage infusion per day will allow us to reduce abdominal swelling, reduce even urine infections and even treat annoying gingivitis.
Sage and depression
Sage infusion is often also known for its virtues to improve our mood. The presence of antioxidants such as diosmetine, apigenin or luteolin are very suitable to reduce (not cure) the symptoms associated with depression.
Sage is the plant of memory
Several studies, like the one carried out at the University of Oxford, concluded with something revealing. The sage extract can increase cognitive ability. To date, it has not yet been specified what is the appropriate dose for us to notice its effect. However, it is recommended to consume your extract or even take the raw plant directly.
The reason between sage and memory improvement is in cholinesterase. It is an enzyme that mediates the catalysis of the hydrolysis of acetylcholine. A low level of this neurotransmitter is associated with less cognitive agility.
Regulates hormone T3
The T3 hormone is triiodothyronine. It is a thyroid hormone related to important physiological and metabolic processes. Thus, people suffering from hypothyroidism will know that this condition appears when they suffer a lower level of the hormone T3 and T4.
On the other hand, something that has been shown is that when a woman enters menopause, it is common to see a deficit in this type of hormone. Not only is there more risk of suffering from thyroid problems. In addition, the level of vitamin D, essential for bone health, will also be reduced.
Consuming sage infusion regularly can help us. If we maintain a healthy diet and do not neglect the medical check-ups, this plant can help us regulate our hormones.
To conclude, as we see the benefits of sage are more than interesting. Its medicinal properties and its rich nutritional value make it a natural resource that is worth having at home. Now, remember that you have to consume it with balance and moderation (1 or 2 cups a day). Likewise, salvia is not suitable for pregnant or lactating women, as well as patients with kidney diseases.