It’s a long title but this article is going to discuss using sage extract for improved cognitive function. Especially for short-term memory.
As we age one of our concerns is cognitive function. Especially the ability to remember. Not just past events. But recent activities. What would be called “short-term memory.”
There are many factors that can contribute to this decline.
One is poor circulation, which robs the brain of the needed oxygen and blood glucose to operate at peak efficiency.
But another factor are chemical compounds called neurotransmitters. These compounds are used to help your brain cells communicate with each other.
Acetylcholine is a key neurotransmitter. It is critical for memory, attention, and reasoning.
As we age acetylcholine declines. This decline plays a major role in poor memory and your inability to pay attention to tasks.
The pharmaceutical industry has created a drug that boosts your level of acetylcholine by inhibiting an enzyme called acetylcholinesterase. This enzyme degrades your brains level of acetylcholine, which then effects your memory.
Sage extract can inhibit this same enzyme resulting in an increase in acetylcholine levels.
In a 2018 clinical study that used a standardized sage extract, the participants, when compared to the placebo group, had:
Nearly a 60% increase in memory performance.
An approximate 2.5 fold improvement in attention.
And the improvements were within hours of taking this sage extract.
This interest in a natural way to address cognitive function as spawned additional studies for both younger adults and those with Alzheimer’s disease.
For younger people, the sage extract showed the following improvements within hours:
Enhanced long-term memory
Reduced mental fatigue
In a four month clinical trial of patients who had mild-to-moderate Alzheimer’s disease, there were two groups. One received a sage extract. The other group received a placebo. By the end of the study their cognitive scores were compared.
For the placebo group, their cognitive scores declined by 22%.
For the sage extract group, their cognitive scores improved by 26%
As you can see the sage extract had a significant improvement. The amount that has been used for most studies is usually around 300 mg per day.
There is a specific sage extract this combines sage with other ingredients to enhance this effect. This proprietary blend has now been clinically studied. It is called Cognitex Elite and you can obtain it through Life Extension.