With its strong and earthy aroma, sage has become a staple ingredient in various cuisines around the world. Fresh, dried or in oil form, take advantage of the benefits this plant has to offer – lowering cholesterol, improving brain function and memory, managing diabetes and even preventing some types of cancer.
Sage leaves have been used as traditional medicine for many centuries as they are packed with countless vitamins and minerals. Just one tablespoon contains much of the recommended daily doses of iron, calcium, manganese, along with vitamin K and B6.
Antioxidants are molecules that help the body’s immune system, and sage has over 160 of these compounds, including chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, rosmarinic acid, ellagic acid, and rutin. Many of them are used in modern pharmacology.
Along the years, sage has been extensively studied and shown to have some interesting anticancer properties. One report details how sage tea displayed chemopreventive properties while decreasing DNA damage and cell proliferation in colon cancers. “Results show that sage treatment prevented initiation phases of colon carcinogenesis, an effect due, at least in part, to DNA protection, and reduced proliferation rates of colon epithelial cell that prevent mutations and their fixation through cell replication”.
For head and neck cancers – “this study suggests for the first time the ability of Salvia officinalis essential oil to inhibit human HNSCC cell growth. The therapeutic potential of sage essential oil might exceed that of its common use in Otorhinolaryngology.
It has also been linked with other types of malignancy, those of the mouth, liver, cervix, breast, skin and kidney. Overall, sage has exhibited promising cytotoxic activity as a natural resource for future bio-oriented treatments.
Worried about your health? Just add some sage into your diet and benefit from all the natural protection this plant can provide.