Sage is a delicious herb used traditionally in culinary applications, however before it became a popular accompaniment in the traditional British roast, it was a favourite used in alternative, traditional and complimentary medicine. Sage is the most popular supplement for women during the menopause. Research has shown that sage acts as a natural oestrogen replacement which can help to combat menopausal symptoms.
What is the Menopause?
Menopause is a period of time in a women’s life when their menarche comes to an end. This is caused by a reduction in the production of the hormone oestrogen. As the hormone decreases in your body it can lead to a host of symptoms associated with menopause, including:
- Hot flushes, also known as hot flashes.
- Changes in mood
- Changes in sleep
- Night Sweats
- Changes in libido
- Excessive sweating throughout the day.
Problems with memory and concentration
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What is Sage?
Sage is a herb also known as the Salvia officialnalis. To many, sage is easily recognised by its grey-purple hue leaves that look like velvet. The evergreen herb is native to Africa and the Mediterranean.
In the modern era sage is used in culinary dishes, typically alongside other green herbs like rosemary and parsley. However, in times gone by the herb was used for medicinal purposes such as women’s health, fertility, and curing snakebites, as well as involved in religious and spiritual rituals. In the middle ages, sage was highly valued for its healing properties. Moreover, it was popularly used in the story of the 4 thieves vinegar. An anecdote where a group of 4 thieves profited off the deaths of plague victims by robbing their houses. Once caught by police in a bid for their freedom, they offered to sell the herbal vinegar concoction that had prevented them from catching the plague. This was reported to contain sage alongside other natural extracts such as wormwood, cloves and marjoram. Modern science dictates that these extracts can act as a flea deterrent.
Health Benefits of Sage
Peri-Menopause and Menopause
Other studies have been conducted that demonstrate a strong positive correlation between sage as a dietary supplement and improved management of menopausal symptoms. Sage is said to contain Phytoestrogens. ‘Phyto’ meaning ‘plant’. As mentioned above, the varying levels of oestrogen during menopause can be the cause of most menopausal symptoms.
2011 Study – First time proof of sage’s tolerability and efficacy in menopausal women.
The 2011 study employed 71 female patients that had been menopausal for a minimum of 12 months. In addition, they had to reach the criteria of experiencing 5 hot flushes per day. During the 8-week trial they were given a daily supplement containing sage extract. The outcome of the efficacy of sage was measured via the mean score of intensity rated hot flushes. Results showed that, those who took the daily sage supplement had a significant decrease in intensity of hot flushes by 50% in just 4 weeks, and 64% in 8 weeks. Moreover, the mean number of mild, moderate, severe, and very severe flushes decreased by 46%, 62%, 79%, and 100% respectively. Lastly, unlike hormone replacement therapy this study found that sage was well tolerated with no side effects to the user.
2016 Study - The effect of salvia officinalis tablet on hot flashes, night sweating, and Oestradiol hormone in postmenopausal women
This study employed 1000 menopausal women with frequent hot flashes. A portion of them with given a placebo or a dosage of 3 sage tablets (100mg) over 8 weeks. The measurable outcomes were rating menopause symptoms on a menopause rating scale and measuring the hormones Oestradiol. After the 8-week experiment, there was a significant decrease in hot flashes, night sweats and menopause rating scale outcomes. This study concludes that sage extracts were responsible for reducing frequency, severity, duration and treatment of hot flashes, and night sweats.
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