Red Sage (Dan Shen): What Is It, How to Take & The Potential Benefits?

Red Sage (Dan Shen): What Is It, How to Take & The Potential Benefits? | Vita Herbal Nutrition

Red Sage is the dried root of the plant which has been used for thousands of year in Traditional Chinese Medicine. Commonly known as Dan Shen (丹参), this ancient herb derives from the red sage species. 

Predominantly used in herbal tea and supplementation, Red Sage is becoming increasingly popular worldwide for its potential to assist with certain functions.

Here's an overview of this herb and how best to take this for your health and wellbeing goals... 

When was Red Sage first discovered?

Being prized in the East, Red Sage has been used for centuries for its impressive health properties. 

Scientific research has identified that this herb has over 200 unique polyphenols (plant compounds) including antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents and phenolic acids.

What are the potential health benefits?

Regular consumption of this herb may potentially assist with the following:

  • Heart health
  • Management of blood sugar levels
  • Diabetes management
  • Liver health

In addition, Red Sage is suitable for vegans and is gluten & cruelty-free.  

How is Red Sage taken?

One of the easiest way to take Red Sage is through supplementation. We recommend consulting a Chinese medical practitioner prior to taking this herb, as they will be able to provide a tailored daily dosage for your personal health needs.

With 60 capsules in each bottle, the most common daily dosage for individuals is 2 tablets per day to assist health and wellbeing.

Many of the Vita team usually take one with breakfast, and the other just before bed as a good routine. One bottle is one month's supply. 

The other method of consumption is through herbal tea. Simply brew a cuppa then add 10g of dried Red Sage to steep for up to 5 minutes, then serve and enjoy. Add 1 teaspoon of honey if a sweeter taste is required!

How concentrated are these herbs?

Each capsule contains 500mg of herb. These concentrated herbal supplements have been standardised to a concentration ration of 7:1, up to 200% stronger than other brands on the market.

The herbs used in Red Sage are never sulphur treated and they are grown according to ancient principles at the original source.

These are typically safe to consume when pregnant, but we would always advise checking with your Chinese medical practitioner to confirm your appropriate dosage. 

When should I start to see results?

The best advice we can give is that consistency is key to achieving results. With regular supplementation of Red Sage, you should start to see and feel a difference within 3 months.

This time frame may differ between individuals who have been advised to consume a smaller daily dosage by their Chinese medical practitioner. 

Are there any similar herbal supplements?

For those who are looking for an alternative natural supplement, which contain similar authentic Eastern herbs, here are our top 3 recommended remedies to kickstart your journey...

Horny Goat Weed (Dan Shen/丹参胶囊)

Notoginseng (San Qi Panax/三七胶囊)

Jujube Seeds (Suan Zao Ren/酸枣仁胶囊)


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