Salvia officinalisis the official name for sage, a perennial evergreen shrub with woody stems, greyish leaves and blue to purple flowers. It is a member of the Lamiaceae mint family and is native to the Mediterranean region. Salvia is the largest genus of the Lamiaceae family, containing around 1,000 species.
Sage grows in many places throughout the world and has a long history of medicinal and culinary use. Historically, sage was known as the "Salvation Plant", originating from the Latin word "salvarem" which means to save or cure.
In the last ten or so years, research has focused on the link between the bioactive compounds in sage and specific health benefits. Sage essential oils or sage extracts contain a complex mixture of bioactive components including phenolic compounds such as rosmarinic acids, flavonoids such as apigenin and quercetin, and terpenes such as thujones and camphor.
Rosmarinic acids are the main bioactive components that are responsible for the health benefits of sage extract, whereas thujones can have detrimental effects. Sage extracts used in dietary supplements are optimized and standardized to ensure high levels of beneficial bioactive components and very low levels of thujones.
Many scientific studies have investigated the health benefits of the sage extract. Such studies have reported anti-inflammatory and pain relief effects, antioxidant and brain health effects, antimicrobial effects related to various infections, including gastroenteritis, and support for healthy blood glucose and healthy blood lipid profiles.
The most common use for sage extract is to enhance memory and alertness and maintain brain health. Sage extract is a popular supplement for younger people wanting a cognitive boost, and older folks who want to support their memory and cognition naturally.
If you're feeling mentally sluggish and suffering brain fog, and forgetfulness or are having trouble focussing, you may benefit from taking the sage extract.
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