What Are the Health Benefits of Sage Tea?

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Overview

Sage, or salvia officinalis, as it is scientifically called is a plant native to Southern Europe and the Mediterranean region. Sage has been used in traditional medicine for centuries. The leaves of this small ever green, perennial plant are used as a popular culinary herb. Sage oil is extracted by distillation from its dried leaves and sage leaves make a soothing cup of tea which provides many health benefits.

Properties of Sage

Sage has many medicinal properties. It is a stimulant, a diuretic and an expectorant, it has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties, and also serves as an appetite enhancer. Because of these characteristics of sage, sage tea provides many health benefits.

Antioxidant Effects

Antioxidants act as scavengers to clean up the free radicals of metabolism and other environmental toxins like smoke and pesticides in the body. Antioxidants work to prevent free radicals from attacking the cell tissues, prevent the signs of early aging and the risk of conditions like cancer and heart disease. Sage tea is a potent source of antioxidants, according to a study published in “Frontiers in Pharmacology” in 2011. These antioxidants help to stave off these damaging effects of free radicals.

See full content here – http://www.livestrong.com/article/96369-health-benefits-sage-tea

Know more about health benefits of Sage tea – http://www.sagetea.org

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