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Sage Review – 8 Things You Need to Know

By Sasha de Beausset Aparicio, MSc

Reviewed by Rebecca Williams, MD, MA, MB, BChir

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Evidence Based | Facts | Ingredients | Pros & Cons | Precautions | Price | How To Use | Bottom Line

Sage is the trademark name of the dietary supplement produced and marketed by Nature’s Sunshine. The manufacturer is a U.S. based company which produces a variety of herbal supplements and remedies for a wide range of health conditions.

The formula is based on the Sage (Salvia officinalis) plant extract, a very popular herb, traditionally known for its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antiseptic and anti-aging qualities. Sage may also be a memory enhancer and assist in calming the digestive and nervous systems.

Particularly, this product is advertised as having multiple benefits. It may relieve excessive sweating and perspiration through its anty-hydronic properties and, as a consequence, may assists with menopausal hot flushes and night sweats (to which excessive sweating is associated). Sage may also be a remedy for mouth ulcers and minor throat infections (used as a gargle).


1) Sage Quick Facts

Sage (Salvia officinalis) is a plant with a wide spectrum of medical uses, such as digestive problems (loss of appetite, flatulence, gastritis, diarrhea, bloating), excessive perspiration and saliva, memory loss, depression, excessive milk flow during nursing, etc

Although the product is not FDA approved, the Sage plant has been the subject of various clinical trials which prove its effectiveness in several health conditions. No side effects are mentioned by the manufacturer, however there have been some associated to the plant, particularly in case of high doses or long term use. Among them we mention the most common: seizures, liver and nervous system damage.

The precautions list include pregnant and breast-feeding women, people with high blood pressure and those suffering from seizure disorders or diabetes.


2) Details on Sage Ingredients and Uses

Sage contains the following ingredients: Salvia officinalis (Sage) leaf powder.

3) What Does Sage Do?

When most people think of Sage, though, they are interested in it as a herb that is used in food. While that is true, there are Sage supplements that are in a pill or liquid form. The Effectiveness of them though doesn’t seem to be the same as what a person can obtain from the vitamins and nutrients in foods they consume that have Sage added.

Sage is an herbal ingredient that has been around for many centuries. It has been used widely in cultures around the world as a natural cleanser and promoter of health. This ingredient is found in many supplements that are promoted to help boost the immune system. While Sage as a supplement can be somewhat effective, the quality of it can affect the results.

The mysteries about just how useful Sage may be continued as well. Some studies indicate it is a very effective herb that can be helpful for a variety of preventive measures and for healing the body and the mind. You will find just as many studies that state that Sage is overrated and that the full value of it isn’t known due to the many variables that apply.

There are many different reasons that a person any have a weak immune system. With that being said, Sage may be something that could prove effective, but it depends on the situation. Some of the results from those using it include:

I haven’t been ill for a long time
I have more energy than I have in a long time
I feel good, and I want to use this supplement to stay that way

Pros & Cons

4) Sage: Pros and Cons

  • The Sage extract is likely safe, with few side effects reported
  • Clinically researched and proved effectiveness.


5) Precautions of Sage Use

  • Not approved by the FDA
  • Little differentiation credentials form products based on the same Sage extract


6) Sage Price

The cost per bottle of Sage is $19.90. However, if you sign up for auto shipments of a bottle each month to be delivered to you, it is only $13.25 per bottle. The auto-shipment can be canceled at any time. The cost of shipping varies based on location and will be disclosed once your zip code is entered.

Each bottle contains 100 capsules which will last for 50 days based on a daily dose of 2 tablets. There is no information offered about a return policy or a free trial offer on this product.

How To Use

7) How to Use Sage

The daily dosage in adults is 2-3 capsules taken twice a day, preferably during meals. If used as a mouthwash or gargle, the the mixture is obtained by adding the content of 2 capsules in 1 cup of boiling water and allow the mixture to stand for 10-20 minutes. It should be used warm.

Bottom Line

8) Our Bottom Line

Sage is a single plant extract dietary supplement. Sage is a plant used in the traditional medicine, widely promoted as a natural way to deal with excessive transpiration, digestive problems or menopause associated symptoms. Several research studies have demonstrated its effectiveness in more than one area of action, however an important part of the benefit claims remains un-researched.

Although the manufacturer doesn’t mention side effects, our readers should be aware of potential side effects usually associated to Sage, which rarely occur and generally in case of excessive dosage or long term use. Consumer reviews for this particular product are generally good, good results being reported for menopause related hot flushes and depression symptoms.

3.7/5 - (3 votes)
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I bought this to prevent hot flashes. It works. As soon as I skip a pill at bedtime, I wake up with a hot flash. So it doesn’t stay in my system or have any build up. I prefer this; knowing that I have control over how much I have. It doesnt seem to interfere with any blood pressure or diebetic medications that I am on. My son started using it for sweating and it seems to work.

Ian Casey

I was excited about taking a sage leaf supplement due to the potential for reduced sweating. However, I did my research on webmd and found the following side effects warning. ” ..It is POSSIBLY SAFE when taken by mouth or applied to the skin in medicinal amounts short-term (up to 4 months).
But don’t use sage in high doses or long-term. Some species of sage contain a chemical called thujone that can be poisonous if you get enough. This chemical can cause seizures and damage to the liver and nervous systems. The amount of thujone varies with the species of plant, the time of harvest, growing conditions, and other factors.”


I dont know how well this particular product works, but Sage Leaf works miracles for ending excessive perspiration whether it\’s from menopause or not! I had horrible sweat problems for years and years and finally ended it with Sage Leaf Capsules! I took the sage leaf for two years, everyday and now I dont have to take it at all.