These 5 health benefits of consuming sage may help autistic patients

Jun 22 2017 - 10:47pm

Sage, the largest genus of plants, have been raved for their medicinal properties for thousands of years. According to Nature’s Bioceuticals, sage was considered a valuable commodity in 17th century China. But, some of the health benefits of sage may help autistic patients, and here is why.

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These 5 health benefits of consuming sage may help autistic patients

Memory enhancing effect

It is well known that autistic patients suffer from memory specific problems that contribute to the pathology of autism, but given the “memory enhancing” health benefit, sage may help autistic patients.

In a small clinical trial the effect of a standardized essential oil extract of S. lavandulaefolia on enhancing memory in young adult volunteers was evaluated. The results showed that Salvia essential oil significantly improved immediate word recall in healthy young adults.

In one placebo-controlled clinical trial, the efficacy and safety of S. officinalis extract in patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease was evalu- ated using a fixed dose, over a 4-month period, in three centers in Tehran, Iran. The results indicated that after 4 months, the S. officinalis extract produced a signific- antly better outcome on cognitive function than placebo, and there were no significant differences in the two groups in terms of observed side-effects, except that agitation appeared to be more frequent in the placebo group.

Neuroprotective

The mechanisms affected in the body that cause the pathology of what we call autos, are directly connected to brain function. So, plants that have neuroprotective properties may help autistic patients.

Sage’s neuroprotective effect has been evaluated by studying ischemia -induced rats, using the four-vessel occlusion model for 20 min, and evaluated pathologically using optical and transmission electronic microscopes. The results showed the aqueous and especially the ethanol extracts of S. leriifolia radix had protective effects against ischemic injury and significantly decreased the lipid peroxide level in rat hippocampus following global cerebral ischemia. In the model of four-vessel occlusion global cerebral ischemia, it was shown that the aqueous extracts of S. leriifolia seed had a neuroprotective effect in the rat hippocampus.

Sage’s neuroprotective effect has been evaluated by studying ischemia -induced rats, using the four-vessel occlusion model for 20 min, and evaluated pathologically using optical and transmission electronic microscopes. The results showed the aqueous and especially the ethanol extracts of S. leriifolia radix had protective effects against ischemic injury and significantly decreased the lipid peroxide level in rat hippocampus following global cerebral ischemia. In the model of four-vessel occlusion global cerebral ischemia, it was shown that the aqueous extracts of S. leriifolia seed had a neuroprotective effect in the rat hippocampus.

Antidiarrheal

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Sage may help autistic patients, because it helps controlling diarrhea, which is one of the common gastro intestinal disorder, that may be present in the life of autistic patients.

In this study, mice with castor oil-induced diarrhea were administered 100 and 300 mg/kg of crude extract of S. officinalis. Scientists observed that that the crude extract of S. officinalis possesses antidiarrheal and antispasmodic activities mediated possibly through the dominant activation of voltage-dependent K+ channels.

Though there have been many controversies over the gut/ brain connection that leads to autism like symptoms. Recent research has shed a light on the definite link between gastrointestinal disturbances and the brain, leading to a diagnosis of autism.

Anti – depressant

The potential for the aromas of the essential oils of Salvia species to affect cognition and mood in healthy adults was investigated. One hundred and thirty-five healthy volunteers acted as participants, with 45 in each condition. Cognitive performance was assessed via the Cognitive Drug Research (CDR) System. Data analysis revealed that the S. officinalis aroma group performed significantly better than the control group on the quality of memory and secondary memory primary outcome factors from the test battery. The Alert mood measure displayed significant differences between both aromas and the control condition. These findings suggest that the aromas of essential oils of Salvia species reproduce some but not all of the effects found following oral herb administration, and that interesting dissociations occur between subjective and objective responses.

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