Keep forgetting where you left your keys? Extracts from sage (Salvia officinalis) have been shown to improve memory recall. The high concentration of antioxidants, such as rosmarinic acid, in the aromatic leaves can help reduce DNA oxidative damage, thereby improving brain function. Naturally occurring chemicals in sage (such as oleanolic and ursolic acids) also have strong antibacterial qualities, potentially helping to reduce numbers of food-borne pathogens, including dangerous E. coli. Imbibing sage tea daily for four weeks has been reported to improve blood cholesterol numbers. To brew a cup, steep a few fresh leaves or 1 teaspoon dried sage for 5 minutes.
Choose It & Use It
For the brightest flavor, choose fresh sage over dried whenever possible. Look for soft, silvery green leaves free of brown spots. Try in bean casseroles, cooked grains, roasted vegetables, and marinades. Surprisingly, simmering sage, as you would in soups and stews, has been found to increase its antioxidant capacity.
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Whole-Wheat Spaghetti with Golden Garlic, Tomatoes, and Sage
Sage and tomatoes pair beautifully in this light pasta sauce. Firm Roma tomatoes are your best bet here for a sauce that’s not too watery. If early-season tomatoes make the sauce taste too acidic, stir 1 tsp. sugar or honey in with the sage and olives.more
Gluten-Free Sage Cornbread
We call for yellow cornmeal here so that the shade can play off the green of the sage, but any type will work.more
Cauliflower Mash with Miso and Sage
Mashed cauliflower is a delicious, low-starch alternative to mashed potatoes. Here, we’ve flavored it with tangy miso and fresh sage, but you could also season the mash with olive oil and your favorite herbs.more