BENEFITS OF ALFALFATweet
Jul 13, 2016 , 6 min read
Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) comes from an Arabic phrase al-fac-facah meaning “father of all foods”. It is also called Lucerne and is naturally high in many vitamins and minerals. Alfalfa leaves contains essential vitamins including A, D E, K and the entire spectrum of vitamin B. Minerals like biotin, calcium, folic acid, magnesium, potassium and many others are also present in it. It is very high in protein (especially when dried) and amino acid as compared to other plants. Alfalfa leaves can be healthy for humans and may be used as dietary or nutritional supplement and also includes supporting healthy circulation and immune system.
Health Benefits of Alfalfa:
When something is naturally derived and an evolved product of earth then the benefits arise from using it are abundant. Alfalfa is very high in essential benefits and each vitamin as an individual has abundance of health benefits in itself. It is surprising for so many different types of vitamins to be present in one plant. Other than vitamins it also contains so many minerals in it like biotin, calcium, folic acid etc. Alfalfa plant has an unusual extensive root which can reach as far as 60 feet into the soil which allows the plant to absorb more vitamins and minerals than other plants. That is the reason it is also referred to as “king of all foods”. Alfalfa is also used widely for diuretic purposes. It is also believed in lowering the cholesterol as it is very good in detoxifying and better purifying of blood resulting in lower blood pressure and balanced hormones. It has beneficial healing properties against bad breadth, sore or achy joints, and imbalanced skin conditions.
Alfalfa can be taken in different forms. Because of alfalfa’s benefits, it is an ingredient in many supplemental formulas and can even be purchased as a standalone capsule. This herb can also be taken in capsule form, in much the same way a person might consume their daily multi-vitamin. This is a great way of gaining all the health benefits every day. It also comes in powder form. Alfalfa should not be used during pregnancy because it could stimulate uterine contractions and should also be avoided during breast-feeding. It should not be used by anyone who has a clotting disorder or gout.