Rome – La presence cholesterol in our body is necessary for our well-being, as long as its values remain normal. Too high levels of cholesterol may actually be dangerous to our health, as they can lead to serious health problems such as high blood pressure and fat accumulation in the arteries or atherosclerosis. If you suffer from it high cholesterol, One of the first advice of experts is undoubtedly that treatment of the diet also obviously resort to the use of medication if prescribed by the physician. Even some spices or herbs, if combined with a healthy diet, can help us fight high cholesterol. More specifically, in recent years, research has focused on the benefits of the sage.
Sage belongs to the same family as mint, or Lamiaceae, along with other plants known as marjoram, rosemary, basil and thyme. It is a plant with a very strong taste, which is why it is used in small quantities. However, even in small doses, it carries many beneficial nutrients to the body and helps to combat various conditions and risk factors. One of the properties, perhaps less well-known, but among the most effective, is the fight against high cholesterol.
High levels of low density lipoprotein (LDL), often called "bad cholesterol," are a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Sage can help reduce LDL cholesterol that builds up in the arteries. In one study, the consumption of safflower tea twice a day for two weeks was effective in reducing bad and total cholesterol by increasing good cholesterol in just two weeks. Several other studies in humans have given similar results to salvia extract.
For a phytotherapy study, a 2011 study by Iranian scientists, Department of Pharmacology and Applied Medicine, Institute of Medicinal Plants in Karadz, evaluated the effects of Salvia officinalis in people with hyperlipidemia, a metabolic disorder associated with cardiovascular disability. The 67 people in the triglyceride and high cholesterol study, aged 30 to 56 years, had side effects without extracts from salvia leaves. The capsules are 500 mg given every 8 hours for two months.