Sage is widely used in both culinary and medicinal preparations. This pungent herb is a member of the mint family and also goes by the names common sage and garden sage. It is loaded with vitamin K, and also contains minerals like copper, magnesium, and zinc. Traditionally, this herb is used for the treatment of a range of problems including cough, asthma, depression, digestive and circulation disturbances, and memory problems (1).
There are many ways how sage can help support our brain and memory.
In a study involving healthy adults, results showed that sage improved memory in low doses. Meanwhile, elevated mood and increased alertness, calmness, and contentedness were experienced when received in higher doses (2).
In a 4-month period study, researchers aim to assess the efficacy and safety of the herb in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease. At the end of the study, they have found that those taking the sage extract (60 drops (2 ml)) performed better on tests that measured memory, reasoning, problem-solving, and other cognitive abilities (3).
Furthermore, a research review in 2017 suggests that sage contains compounds that may be beneficial for cognitive and neurological function. It possesses strong antioxidant activity that fights oxidative stress that can damage all body tissues, with the brain particularly susceptible. Oxidative stress has been implicated in many neurological disorders including Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease (4).
How To Consume Sage
Add sage to butternut squash, roasted chicken, turkey, tomato sauce, or in a white bean soup. It can also be consumed in tea form. We can also serve it with eggs in an omelet or simply sprinkle it as a garnish on soups.
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