Sage Health Benefits – The super herb for memory and concentration

Table of contents

  1. What is Sage?
  2. What are the health benefits of Sage?
  3. How does Sage help with brain health?
  4. How does Sage improve memory?
  5. How does Sage improve concentration and focus?
  6. Summary

1. What is Sage?

Sage also known as Salvia, is a herb that is native to the Mediterranean. It has a long history in traditional medicine and was even used by the Romans as a ‘cure all’. In fact, Salvia comes from the Latin word Salvare which means to heal, paying tribute to its long list of health benefits.

The table below highlights the impressive number of nutrients within a teaspoon of sage. Sage contains vitamins that are well known for their antioxidant, energy and concentration boosting properties.

One teaspoon of sage contains:

Calcium

11.6mg

Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid

0.227mg

Iron

0.197mg

Thiamin

0.005mg

Magnesium

3mg

Riboflavin

0.002mg

Phosphorus

0.637mg

Niacin

0.04mg

Potassium

7.49mg

Vitamin B-6

0.019mg

Sodium

0.077mg

Folate, total

1.92 µg

Zinc

0.033mg

Choline, total

0.305mg

Copper

0.005mg

Vitamin A, RAE

2.06 µg

Manganese

0.022mg

Carotene, beta

24.4 µg

Selenium

0.026 µg

Cryptoxanthin, beta

0.763 µg

Vitamin A, IU

41.3 IU

Lutein + zeaxanthin

13.3 µg

Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)

0.052mg

Vitamin K (phylloquinone)

12 µg

Reference: https://fdc.nal.usda.gov/fdc-app.html#/food-details/170935/nutrients

 

2. What are the health benefits of Sage?

Sage has many health benefits documented in clinical studies; it has shown potential in lowering bad cholesterol, reducing blood sugar levels and has even shown promise in helping to protect against certain types of cancers. Other general health benefit properties include immunity boosting, antibacterial and antiviral effects. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4003706/).

The main health benefit that we want to talk about is Sage’s ability to act as a memory booster and how it can help improve brain health for the future.

3. How does Sage help with brain health?

Sage is a herb that is well known for its brain health benefits, having beneficial effects on memory, cerebral ischemia and depression.  (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4003706/)

One of sage’s major health benefits is the fact that it plays an important role as an antioxidant, helping to protect the body against harmful free-radicals. Sage helps to protect and fight against these harmful free-radicals that cause damaging oxidization of the brain which can lead to brain diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and cause short term memory issues.  It is thought that the main antioxidant properties come from phenolic and flavonoid compounds; including rosmarinic acid, carnosic acid and rosmarinic acid. (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4003706/)

4. How does Sage improve memory?

Sage is considered an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor. Acetylcholinesterase is an enzyme that is responsible for breaking down Acetylcholine, which is an important neurotransmitter involved with communication between brain cells. In Alzheimer’s disease we see increased breakdown of Acetylcholine via the acetylcholinesterase enzyme. Sage works by inhibiting this enzyme which helps maintain acetylcholine levels with the brain (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4003706/).  This mechanism of action can improve memory, boost mood, concentration and alertness (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15639154/).

In a study a 333mg dose of sage was associated with significant enhancement of secondary memory performance compared to placebo (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18350281).

5. How does Sage improve concentration and focus?

The neurotransmitter acetylcholine is strongly associated with cognitive function and behaviour including attention, learning, memory and motivation (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5318325/). Sage works by increasing the amount of acetylcholine that can be utilised by the brain it is for this reason why it is thought that sage can increase concentration and focus.

6. Summary

Sage shows a range of great health benefits, including encouraging evidence for its use in Alzheimer’s disease and boosting memory, concentration and focus. Sage was even studied on BBC Trust me I’m a doctor and showed positive results for its brain boosting and concentration properties (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-29817519).

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