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What are different health benefits of Sage?

Sage, scientifically known as Salvia officinalis, is a Mediterranean herb. This silvery green herb is grown all over the world and is known for its culinary and medicinal value since the ancient times.

Sage is used in the raw form to give a spicy taste; it is also used in the dried form as well as in the form of oil extracts. The health benefits of sage are mainly due to the presence of alpha and beta thujone, cinerole, camphor, tannins, falvonoids and rosmarinic acid. It also contains vitamins A and calcium.
Some of the prominent Health benefits of Sage are discussed below.

Anti microbial
Sage has been since ancient times been used for preservative purposes mainly due to the presence of the phenolic rosmarinic acid. It is known to fight against bacterial and fungal infections, which not only makes it a good and effective preservative in retaining the flavor and nutrients of food but also helps in maintaining the health of the digestive system.

Due to its antimicrobial properties sage can also used as an effective antiseptic and can be applied externally to any wound to ward of further infection.

Enhancing Memory
Since ancient times, sage has been used to treat memory loss. However, recent research has confirmed the fact that the roots of this plant indeed contain chemicals, which can help in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease. Hence, a daily consumption of this herb can help in sharpening memory as well as in warding off degenerative Alzheimer’s disease.

Sage is also known for its antioxidant properties. These antioxidants help in reducing the effects of the harmful free radicals produced during the metabolic activities of the body. Antioxidants also help in slowing the degeneration of cells thus slowing the aging process.

Sage contains rosmarinic acid, which acts a potent anti-inflammatory agent. People suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, body pains and other inflammatory conditions can be given the herb in the form of tea which helps in reducing pains. This herb can also be used to treat swelling due to sprains, ulcers and wounds.

Oral Health
Sage is used in many regions as a gargle to treat sore throat, ulcers in the mouth and gums or inflammation. Its antibacterial properties helps in fighting bad breath and other oral infections.

Gynecological health
Another health benefit of sage for women is that it helps in controlling the bleeding during menstrual flow and in regularizing the cycle in case of any irregularities experienced.

Skin and bone care
Sage apart from vitamin A possesses cicatrisant which is helps in removing scars and blemishes from the skin. Due to this property extracts from this herbs is being used in cosmetics. Sage is also rich in calcium, which is essential for the good health of teeth and bones.

Sage is rich in iron, an important factor required for the hemoglobin part of the blood. A deficiency of iron in the body can lead to anemia. Consumption of this iron rich herb can help in overcoming anemic conditions.

Sage due to its chloretic and cholagogue properties facilitates in fat and protein digestion and also helps in relieving acidity. Hence adding a little of this herb as a spice in food not only enhances the flavor but also helps in digestion.

Due to its various health benefits, Sage has gained a lot of attention in the medical field and many researches are being conducted on this age-old herb to understand its impact and role in fighting various diseases like Alzheimer’s. This should help in the synthesis of more effective drugs against these diseases which still pose a challenge to our scientists.

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