Natural Food Energy | Sage Benefits and Nutrition facts | With its rich array of nutrients, Sage Benefits, anti-bacterial, anti-viral properties, Sage has several ways of improving mind and mood.

Sage

A native of the Mediterranean, this common garden herb is popular both used in cooking, and for its many curative properties.

With its rich array of nutrients, sage has antiseptic, anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties, and is a traditional ingredient of cough, cold and respiratory remedies.

Sage is anti-mucosal, so it is useful for beating colds as it helps to clear catarrh as well as fight off germs, and it is particularly successful in the treatment of bronchitis.

Its antiseptic properties make it excellent for healing gum problems and sore throats when drunk as a tea or used as a gargle, and its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory action can help to ease arthritis. It also clears sluggish skin and firms tissues.

Sage has several ways of improving mind and mood. Recent research has shown that the herb can increase brain power,  particularly short-term memory for example in word-recall tests.

It contains compounds similar to those in drugs that are used to combat the formation of plaques in the brain, and 1 research is now underway to find out if it can help to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

The Herb is also thought to soothe emotional distress. Thanks to its success in reducing perspiration, sage is now a popular remedy for hot flushes during the menopause. By preventing hot flushes and night sweats, it promotes healthy sleep patterns.

Sage stimulates the intestines and is a digestive tonic. In Germany, it has been approved for the treatment of mild gastrointestinal complaints. A sage infusion taken after eating can ease indigestion and bloating, as it is an anti-spasmodic herb.

Sage Nutrition

Sage-Benefits-Nutrition

Vitamins: B3, B6, C, E, K, beta-carotene, biotin, folic acid; calcium, IRON, MAGNESIUM, MANGANESE, PHOSPHORUS, POTASSIUM, ZINC; FLAVONOIDS; TANNINS, SAPONINS, POLYPHENOLS; VOLATILE OILS

16 Sage Benefits in Health

  1. ANTI-BACTERIAL
  2. ANTIVIRAL
  3. ANTIOXIDANT
  4. ANTI-INFLAMMATORY
  5. ANTI-AGING
  6. ANTI-CANCER
  7. DETOXIFYING
  8. GOOD FOR THE BRAIN
  9. GOOD FOR HAIR, TEETH, AND NAILS
  10. GOOD FOR THE SKIN
  11. GOOD FOR THE EYES
  12. GOOD FOR THE HEART
  13. GOOD FOR THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
  14. GOOD FOR THE MUSCULOSKELETAL SYSTEM
  15. GOOD FOR THE DIGESTIVE SYSTEM
  16. GOOD FOR THE HORMONAL SYSTEM

Easy Sage Recipe

SIMPLE SAGE STUFFING

  • 225g/8oz onions
  • 115g/4oz/1 ½ cups fresh breadcrumb
  • 1 tsp dried sage ground black pepper
  • 25g/1oz butter, melted, plus extra for greasing

Preheat the oven to 200° C/400°F/gas mark 6. Quarter the onions and cook in boiling water until tender. Then drain and chop finely. Place in a bowl, mix in the breadcrumbs, sage, and pepper, then add the melted butter to help the mixture stick together. Grease a baking tray and place scoops of mixture on it, then bake for 15 minutes. Suitable for serving with Meat and Vegetables.

SAGE GARGLE (for respiratory ailments)

  • 1 large handful of sage leaves
  • 1 small handful of thyme leaves
  • 450ml/16fl oz/scant 2 cups boiling water
  • 2 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp clear honey
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper

Roughly chop the leaves and place them in a jug. Add the boiling water, cover and leave for 30 minutes. Strain off the leaves and stir in the cider vinegar, honey, and cayenne. Gargle with the mixture at the first sign of symptoms, or drink 2 teaspoons 2 or 3 times a day. Use within a week.

SQUASH SOUP WITH SAGE

  • 450g/1lb deseeded and chopped the squash
  • 500ml/18fl oz/2 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 4 tbsp chopped sage leaves
  • ground black pepper, to taste

Boil the squash for 10 minutes until tender. Place in a blender, add the stock and puree until smooth. Heat the oil in a pan. Sauté the onions for 3 minutes, adding half the sage for the last minute. Add the squash and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the pepper and remaining sage. Serve.

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