The One Herb to Save You That You Probably Overlook Everyday

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4.  Diabetes Prevention

In studies done with animals, sage has been shown to reduce blood glucose levels, as well as cholesterol. According to the results of these studies, sage extract blocks the release of stored glucose from the liver, which lowers blood sugar levels. When compared to metformin, a common diabetes drug, sage has appeared to be just as effective and could play an important role in the prevention of type 2 diabetes. Further studies on humans are required to confirm these findings. If you are diabetic, talk to your doctor about adding sage to your diet.

 

5. Blood Purifier

Sage is known for having the ability to cleanse and detoxify the blood. Mixed with other herbs such as burdock root and/or dandelion, this herb becomes an easy yet powerful way to naturally detox the body and purify the blood, simply by adding it to food or drinking tea. You can also take a sage extract.

 

6. Supports Healthy Liver Function

Another study shows that sage can support liver health. The article published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 2005 describes the studies done with animals, when their water was replaced with sage tea and it was linked to the overall increase of antioxidant levels in the liver. Another study revealed that sage prevented the depletion of glutathione, which is an important antioxidant in the liver, by more than 60 percent in studies done with animals. However, the contemporary science lacks human studies of sage and the effect that large quantities of sage might have on the human liver. Always consult your doctor before adding sage, or any herbal supplement.

 

7. Prevents Heart Disease

There are several varieties of sage. One type is called three lobed sage and it contains a flavone called salyigenin, which can help to prevent heart disease. Sage contains powerful flavonoids, phenolic acids, and enzymes called peroxidase and dismutase, which can neutralize free radicals, fight inflammation, and protect the heart by preventing atherosclerosis, also known as hardening of the arteries.

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