Alfalfa is an herb that originated near Iran and was first discovered by the Arabs. They dubbed the plant the “Father of All Foods”, but it has also been known as the “Queen of Forages”. Numerous stories of alfalfa’s positive influence are known, it helped people suffering form malnutrition remain energetic and healthy. Alfalfa is also known to have a quality of making people resistant to diseases apart from that it acts as an appetite stimulator.
Alfalfa herb versatility is due to its high nutritional content. It contains all known vitamins, has a high chlorophyll content, and a balanced group of minerals including calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, and potassium. The leaves also contain eight essential amino acids. Its high protein content and abundant stores of vitamins make it a good nutritional source for humans, too. Historic medicinal uses of alfalfa herb include treatment of stomach upset, arthritis, bladder and kidney problems, boils, and irregular menstruation.
Benefits Of Alfalfa:
Alfalfa herb may help reduce blood sugar and cholesterol levels which can benefit heart health. Alfalfa herbal supplements have laxative and diuretic qualities as well as helping to improve appetite. Alfalfa assists with the treatment of urinary tract infections, and kidney, bladder and prostrate disorders. Alfalfa herbal supplements can relieve pain associated with arthritis and bursitis due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Alfalfa herb may be helpful with menopausal side effects by reducing hot flashes. In addition, alfalfa aids in increased energy levels due to its high nutritive value.
Due to its high nutritional content, the benefits of Alfalfa herb are many and varied:
- Excellent natural laxative and diuretic
- Detoxification of the urinary tract, and urinary tract infections
- Reduces excess water retention in the bladder
- Excellent natural source of vitamin K
- Well-known blood and liver purifier of chemicals and heavy metals
- Eases joint problems, skin issues and foul breath
- Has a strong alkaline effect on the body
- Excellent neutralizer for the acids in the intestinal tract
- Eases general digestive problems, gastritis and indigestion
- Reduces migraine headaches through combined high magnesium and calcium levels
- Contains bioflavonoids that stop the inflammation of the stomach lining.
- Contains high levels of enzymes for food digestion and assimilation
- Lowers bad forms of cholesterol, and reduces the incidence of atherosclerotic plaques
- Stabilizes blood sugar levels, particularly when taken in conjunction with manganese
- Improves pituitary gland functioning
- Stimulates the immune-system
- High level of vitamin K adds to the effective healing of bleeding gums and nosebleeds
- High bioflavonoid count increases blood capillary strength
- High levels of Vitamin K2 may partially prevent bone loss due to lack of estrogen in menopausal women
Typical Preparation: The usual dose of alfalfa for tea is 1 to 2 teaspoons per cup, steeped in boiling water for 10 to 20 minutes.
Storage of Alfalfa: It is recommended that alfalfa be stored in an airtight container in a cool, dry and dark place, since the nutrients in alfalfa are very sensitive to air and light exposure. If possible, refrigeration or freezing would be ideal, though it can be stored without it. Properly stored, alfalfa is said to have a shelf life of a few years.