Sage is a staple herb with a strong aroma and earthy flavor. It is available in fresh, dried, or in oil form. This native plant has been used for a long time in traditional medicine for various diseases. Its leaves are a well-known remedy against diabetes. Experts have found out that it may help lower down blood sugar levels in both human and animal studies (1).
In a mice study, results revealed that sage tea acts like metformin — a drug prescribed to manage blood sugar in people with diabetes (2).
In addition to this, a study in rats with diabetes showed that sage extract reduced blood glucose levels by activating a specific receptor thus helping get rid of excess free fatty acids in the blood, which in turn improves insulin sensitivity (3,4).
In a study conducted on 80 individuals with poorly controlled type 2 diabetes, results demonstrated that sage has a positive effect on blood sugar levels. Individuals who took sage had experienced a significant decrease in their blood sugar levels after 2 hours of fasting (5).
In addition to this, a study involving 40 people with diabetes and high cholesterol had shown the following results after participants took sage leaf extract for 3 months: (6)
- lower fasting glucose
- lower average glucose levels over a 3-month period
- lower total cholesterol, triglyceride, and levels of harmful cholesterol
- had increased levels of HDL or “good” cholesterol
Due to these results, experts concluded that sage leaves have anti-hyperglycemic and lipid-profile-improving effects in hyperlipidemic type 2 diabetic patients.
Another study in 105 adults with type 2 diabetes found that taking 500 mg of sage extract 3 times daily for 2 months helped improve their fasting blood sugar, post-meal blood sugar, and hemoglobin A1c — a measure of average blood sugar levels over the previous 3 months (7,8).
How To Take Sage To Control Blood Sugar Levels
Have an aromatic sage tea at home to enjoy its benefits.
Simply bring 1 cup (240 ml) water to a boil and then add the sage (1 tablespoon of fresh or 1 teaspoon of dried sage). Steep for about 5 minutes. Strain to remove the leaves and then add some honey and lemon juice to taste. Consume hot or cold.
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