BY CLAIR WHITTY
Sage, the kitchen herb that has been traditionally used to bring you relief for hot flushes and night sweats. Many of you will agree that this is a brilliant herb to help alleviate these menopausal symptoms. I have seen some research recently to support this use of Sage. The research, which was an 8-week clinical trial on a fresh herbal extract of Sage, Salvia officinalis, investigated the safety and efficacy of the plant. They investigated a one a day dose in women aged between 50 and 65 who had been menopausal for at least 6 months and who all had at least 5 hot flushes per day. The results showed that from week three onwards there was a reduction of 55% in the number and the intensity of hot flushes compared to 26.9% in the placebo group. I think it is fantastic that this simple garden herb is getting the research it deserves to prove to everyone that it does work. Symptoms that showed the biggest difference were the reduction of hot flushes, but there were also improvements in physical and mental exhaustion, sexual problems, and joint and muscular discomfort.
I am delighted that research is showing Sage has a lot more to offer us. Not only does it help regulate these symptoms but research is telling us that it is beneficial for cognitive function too with many women seeing a reduction in brain fog and mental sluggishness. This is a major problem for many women during the menopause. It seems that fresh Sage extract in studies showed normalisation of the brain waves under stress, meaning that you can be more focussed and in a relaxed state of mind.
If you are looking for an alternative to HRT, or something to take alongside it to help alleviate your symptoms, then consider making Sage part of your journey. It has no hormonal activity and is not oestrogenic. Our most popular brand is A.Vogel Menoforce, we like this because it is one a day tablet, it’s a brand we trust and have worked with for almost 30 years now. For hot flushes you can take one in the daytime and for night sweats take one in the evening.
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