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Sage is an herb rich with antioxidants and anti inflammatory compounds.

But what does that mean?

Antioxidants are substances that fight oxidation in your body that can damage your cells, tissues, and organs. Oxidation can happen based on diet choices such as a diet high in fat or processed sugars. Other reasons for oxidative stress include alcohol consumption, smoking, and being overweight/obese. Your body needs a balance of oxidation and antioxidants to function properly, if there is more oxidation than antioxidants tha thelp clear out damaged compounds your body enters a state of stress. A diet that includes plenty of antioxidants helps your body thrive!

Similar to antioxidants we have  anti-inflammatory compounds. Your body also needs inflammation to heal damaged tissue and clear out pathogens when needed. Once the damage is cleared out anti-inflammatory properties emerge to let the body know to cease inflammatory response. When your body does not have enough anti-inflammatory “back up” it stays in a state of chronic inflammation that further damages body tissue. There are pro inflammatory foods such as trans fat, processed sugars, and alcohol. Anti-inflammatory foods are also available such as fruits, vegetables, herbs, and omega-3 fatty acids.

Using sage for medicinal properties has been practiced for hundreds of years for good reason. Aside from using sage for inflammatory situations such as infections and wound healing there is also suspicions that it could aid in chronic diseases that have inflammatory conditions such as Alzheimer’s and type 2 diabetes. Sage has shown to have a substantial effect on the improvement of memory in Alzheimer’s patients as well as cognitive function.

Sage also promotes easy digestion and can aid in stagnant digestion. It helps ease gas and bloating as well as cramping. It has been shown to help in fat digestion for people that have a hard time due to genetic disorders or gallbladder removal/malfunction. This herb seems to have an effect on digestion whichever way it is used.  As a tea before or after meals made with dried or fresh herbs and also as an additive with the food.

Recommended amounts: dried sage: 1 to 2 grams a day up to 3 times a day. A tincture is not usually recommended due mixed facts on benefits and safety. Sage is also said to be limited during breastfeeding as it may dry up milk flow prematurely. Better safe than sorry!

How to make a sage tea:

  1. Bring about 1-2 cups to boil.

  2. Place 5-6 fresh sage leaves in a cup/mug but avoid cramming the leaves

  3. Pour in boiled water and let sit for 5 minutes covered

  4. May add honey for taste

    1. Optional: lemon slices could be added in

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