The well-known softly sweet spice known to many as sage is useful in many more ways than just as a topping for omelets or pizza. Salvia officinali contains many oils and flavonoids, as well as the popular rosmarinic acid (named after rosemary). With this arsenal of health tools at its disposal, sage can help reduce inflammation, counteract free radicals with antioxidants, and increase brain function. For a very long time sage has been well known as a spectacular spice and a variety of research done on Sage serves to re-affirm that opinion.
One of the big health points for many herbs is whether it has anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Sage, luckily enough, has both. The phenolic acid it contains (with rosmarinic acid being the most well-known in that group) aids many different inflammatory conditions by inhibiting the molecules that provoke the inflammation reaction. Sage is a recommended regular addition to the diet of anyone suffering from inflammatory conditions like arthritis, asthma, or atherosclerosis (when plaque builds up inside your arteries). In concert with this, the anti-oxidants can work to help prevent a lot of oxygen-based damage to the cells of a body, providing an overall healthier system.
What truly makes Sage stands out amongst its spicy counterparts is its ability to increase brain function. Sage has long been known as an outstanding memory enhancer, now with scientifically controlled tests to prove it. Within the controlled tests, participants given sage had significantly better short term memory than participants given a placebo spice. Furthermore, Sage contains active compounds very similar to those found in medicine for Alzheimer’s disease.
Sage has been around and utilized for thousands of years and hopefully for millennia to come. Between its health benefits, sweet taste, and its extraordinary ability to help better brain function, Sage is a worthy addition to any diet.