Sage is an herb that can be found in various parts of the world. Scientifically known as Salvia officinalis, the herb has a strong aroma and an earthy flavor. Therefore, the herb is only needed in small amounts.
Typically, it is used in savory dishes such as with pork, beef, duck, or chicken. In Italy, the herb is chopped and mixed with melted butter and stirred in pasta. Sage belongs in the same family as oregano, lavender, rosemary, thyme, and basil.
Sage has been used for medicinal benefits for years. Its uses are very well documented and it was initially used for snake bites, protecting against evil, boosting fertility, and fevers. Modern research has discovered many health benefits of the herb. Some of these benefits will be outlined in this article.
Benefit #1: Boosts Cognition
Everyone could benefit from improving their memory. Especially those of us who are juggling work, personal lives, and a myriad of numerous things. Sage has been shown to help increase recall abilities and memory attention. It has also been associated with decreasing the effects of Alzheimer’s.
In a study featured in the Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics, the effects of sage on Alzheimer’s was investigated. In this study, patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease aged between 65 to 80 were given sage extract for 4 months. In comparison to the placebo group, improved cognitive functions were observed in the experimental group.