10 Amazing benefits of sage tea

What is sage tea?

Sage tea is made from the leaves of the sage plant, which is a Mediterranean region plant, also known as Common Sage or Salvia Officianalis.  It is one of the most used culinary herbs around the globe. In addition, its high concentrations of vitamin A, C, B-family, K, and E, as well as copper, fiber, calcium, iron, and magnesium also make sage a very popular herb in medicinal applications.

Health benefits of sage tea

1. Helps reduce menopausal symptoms

Best-known as a menopause regulator, specifically in the case of hot flashes, sage tea also reduces other menopausal symptoms, such as mood swings and overactive bladders. 

 2. Aids in weight loss

Although sage tea can be an appetite stimulant, it is also well known to reduce levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol, which can help reduce obesity and increase metabolism. 

 3. Helps detox the body

As a natural diuretic and stimulant for the liver and kidneys, sage tea is able to speed the process by which toxins are eliminated from the body through urination. This decreases the strain on the lymphatic system, as well as the kidneys and liver. Sage tea also induces sweating, which further helps to detoxify the body through the skin.

 4. Helps control diabetes

This herbal tea lowers the fasting blood glucose level in the body, which can help ease the strain on the pancreas. This also helps prevent the dangerous spikes and drops in glucose and insulin that people with diabetes have to be careful about. Sage tea can be an effective preventative treatment for those without diabetes, but at risk of developing the disorder.

 5. Helps boost blood circulation

The high levels of iron in sage tea mean that it can help to stimulate circulation since iron is a key component in red blood cells (RBCs). With additional RBCs, the body can effectively oxygenate cells and extremities of the body to improve repair and function.

 6. Exhibits antioxidant effects

Sage has a number of powerful antioxidants, including flavonoids and phenolic acids, as well as a number of antioxidant enzymes. All of these seek out and neutralize free radicals before they can cause oxidative stress, mutation, and apoptosis in the body. This can help prevent and mitigate the severity of chronic diseases and premature aging, among many other things.

 7. Helps relieve anxiety

Sage tea is considered a stimulant, but it can also have relaxing qualities on mood and nerves, while also improving focus and memory. It can also increase performance in high-stress situations and reduce chronic anxiety.

 8. May boost appetite

When recovering from an accident, surgery, or long-term illness, it may be essential to eat a lot of food to gain back your energy. Sage tea has appetite-stimulating properties that can help you regain the weight lost. 

 9. Helps support oral health

Sage has antimicrobial effects, which can neutralize microbes that promote dental plaque. In one study, a sage-based mouthwash was shown to effectively kill the Streptococcus mutans bacteria, which is notorious for causing dental cavities. In a test-tube study, a sage-based essential oil was shown to kill and halt the spread of Candida albicans, a fungus that may also cause cavities. One medical review also noted that sage may treat throat infections, dental abscesses, infected gums and mouth ulcers. 

10. May Support Memory and Brain Health

Sage can help support your brain and memory in several ways. It’s loaded with compounds that can act as antioxidants, which have been shown to buffer your brain’s defense system. It also appears to halt the breakdown of the chemical messenger acetylcholine (ACH), which has a role in memory. ACH levels appear to fall in Alzheimer’s disease. In one study, 39 participants with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease consumed either 60 drops (2 ml) of a sage extract supplement or a placebo daily for four months. Those taking the sage extract performed better on tests that measured memory, problem-solving, reasoning and other cognitive abilities. In healthy adults, sage was shown to improve memory in low doses. Higher doses also elevated mood and increased alertness, calmness and contentedness.

 

Risks & side effects you should know about

While side effects from sage tea are rare, it is important to be aware of these possible complications.  Remember to always consult your doctor first, before taking any new herbal remedies.

Liver and kidney function: Do not consume if you have any pre-existing liver or kidney conditions.

Chemical composition: Consume sage tea in moderation as it may contain a volatile chemical compound called Thujone, which can be dangerous when consumed in high quantities.

Blood pressure: Due to the hypotensive nature of sage, if you are already taking blood pressure medication, there is a risk of your blood pressure dropping too low. This can result in light-headedness and is very dangerous if you are undergoing surgery

Blood sugar: Sage tea is often prescribed to lower blood sugar levels and regulate symptoms in diabetic patients. This can interact poorly with other medications set to lower blood sugar, resulting in hypoglycaemia.

Seizures: Do not consume sage tea if you suffer from seizure related illnesses. The chemical thujone can cause seizures when consumed in high quantities.

Hormone Imbalance: As this tea can affect hormonal balance, and have estrogen-like effects on the body, certain cancers can be worsened by excess estrogen. Consult your oncologist before adding this herbal remedy to your diet.

 

Yours, in health. Take Care!

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