Sage has been used since ancient times, to treat numerous health issues. Clinical trials out of the UK now suggest the common garden plant and well-known herb can help improve your memory.
Separate clinical trials explored the impact of a type of sage extract grown and harvested by Sibelius, a natural product company spun-out from Oxford University.
The first trial, which involved adults older than 65, showed that sage had significant improvements in secondary memory (where information is stored) and in accuracy of attention. The second trial looked at the impact of sage on the cognitive performance of 18 to 25-year olds, finding significant effects on participants’ short term, episodic memory, as noted by their improved ability to accurately recall information. Both studies were double-blind, randomised, placebo-controlled trials and showed no adverse effects in either group.
Sage extracts have been shown to inhibit an enzyme that breaks down the part of the brain which plays an important role in the formation of memories. They also possess strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, which researchers say may contribute to its cognitive benefits.
Other health benefits of sage
- High in several nutrients, sage packs a healthy dose of vitamins and minerals
- Loaded with antioxidants
- Can support oral health
- Can help to ease menopause symptoms
- Can reduce blood sugar levels
- Can support memory and brain health
- Can lower ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol
- Can help to protect against certain cancers
Try this recipe: Potato, Sage & Fontina Tart