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Pumping the Sage Way

It may not be something you think about all the time, but as an athlete, you expect your heart to work at full capacity, the better to deliver blood and nutrients to and remove waste products from your muscles. Taking red sage, also known as Salvia miltiorrhiza, is one way to improve cardiovascular efficiency.

The roots of this flowering perennial have been used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat kidney problems and improve blood flow, and red sage also helps reduce platelet adhesion and blood clotting, improving blood flow while reducing risk of heart attack and stroke.