Albania is a leader in the production and export of these natural goodies with the endemic sage being the queen of exports (Malësi e Madhe), with an already specialized market, structured and strengthened throughout the years. No wonder Americans, Germans, French and Turks are the countries who import it more, as they know and love the very unique qualities Albanian sage has. Sage 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. The most part of the Albanian sage flies abroad to foreign markets, while the rest of us are left to consume teas that range from artificial powder forms to conventional and commercial tea-bags often of very dubious origin. Next time, think before buying any black or green label tea. It might do you a world of good, to use the local Albanian sage tea for which we are envied globally. But do you know the wide range of potential health and medicinal benefits of the Albanian sage tea?

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 that help to stave off these damaging effects of free radicals.

Liver Health

Antioxidant effects of sage tea may improve liver function, according to an animal study published in the February 2005 issue of the "Journal of Ethno-pharmacology." In the study, sage tea was administered in place of water for 14 days. Results showed up to a 24-percent increase in antioxidant levels in the liver. Sage tea also protected lipids in the liver against damage from a liver toxin. A tissue culture study published in the April 2007 issue of the journal "Chemical-Biological Interactions" found that sage extract prevented depletion of glutathione, an important liver antioxidant, by 62 percent.

Antianxiety

Sage tea may help reduce anxiety and improve your mood, according to a study published in the April 2006 issue of the journal "Neuro-psychopharmacology." In the study, healthy young adult volunteers took 300 or 600 milligrams of dried sage leaf before and after performing a stress-simulation test involving multitasking. Both doses improved mood before the stress test. The lower dose decreased anxiety before but not during the test. The higher dose improved alertness and calmness and resulted in higher test scores.

Menopause

Menopausal hot flashes were reduced by sage in a study published in the June 2011 issue of the journal "Advances in Therapy." Participants took a sage leaf supplement once per day for eight weeks. Results showed a 50-percent decline in intensity of hot flashes within four weeks and a 64-percent decline within eight weeks, with very severe hot flashes eliminated entirely. Frequency of hot flashes also decreased significantly through the study. Other symptoms of menopause, including psychological and urinary symptoms, also decreased.

Considerations

Sage tea may cause uterine contractions, and you should not use it if you are pregnant. Large doses of sage may cause seizures and dizziness or rapid heartbeat. It also lowers blood sugar levels. Use it only under the supervision of your doctor if you are diabetic.

Additional Benefits

Sage tea is beneficial in treating fevers and colds, sore throat and headaches as well as indigestion and gastro-intestinal upsets./AgroWeb.org/