Herbs

Alfalfa

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 Herbs are God and nature’s gifts to us. While the use of herbs and herb remedies has brought excellent results for many people, do note that their health benefits may be limited when they are used in isolation. However, when combined with some basic dietary and lifestyle good health habits, such as a full body detox and a proper understanding and application of nutrition, the impact on one’s health will be greatly magnified.

What is Alfalfa?
Alfalfa is a plant which sends its roots down twenty to thirty feet into the ground and brings up the minerals that are not available on the surface. For this reason, the Arabic word Alfalfa means

“Father of plants”

Alfalfa is rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that play a vital role in the strength and growth of our bones and in the maintenance of a healthy body. It contains protein and vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin K. It also contains calcium, potassium, carotene, iron, and zinc. It can be taken in the form of seeds, leaves or tablets

What are the Benefits of Alfalfa?
Alfalfa has been used by the Chinese since the sixth century to treat several health conditions. It is considered the richest land source of trace minerals. Rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients Alfalfa makes an amazing herbal remedy. Its specific benefits include:

  1. Curing kidney problems, and relieving fluid retention and swelling.
  2. Curing auto-immune disorder.
  3. Healing arthritis.
  4. Nourishing the digestive, skeletal, glandular and urinary system.
  5. Cleansing the blood, liver and bowel.
  6. Lowering cholesterol levels.
  7. Preventing strokes.
  8. Healing whooping cough.

Uses of Alfalfa
Many people have heard that there are some health related alfalfa benefits. What many probably do not realize is how many such benefits exist. From helping with digestive problems to aiding in lowering cholesterol, this is one potent little plant. Read below for a brief description of a few possible alfalfa benefits.

Home Remedy for Arthritis :
Since alfalfa is very rich in minerals needed for the formation and strengthening of bones, a tea made from alfalfa (especially from its seeds) has shown beneficial results in the treatment of arthritis.

Remedy for Kidney Stones : Vitamins A, C, E and Zinc are proven to help dissolve kidney stones. We can find these vitamins and minerals in Alfalfa powder and Alfalfa sprouts.

Natural Treatment for Hair Loss and Balding : The juice of alfalfa, in combination with equal amounts of carrot and lettuce juice, taken daily, assists in the growth of hair to an amazing extent. The combination of these juices is rich in elements which are especially helpful for the growth of hair and the prevention of hair loss.

Cholesterol, Heart Disease and Strokes : One of the important health benefits of alfalfa is the vital role it plays as an effective controller of cholesterol. The fibers and chemicals in alfalfa seem to stick to cholesterol, preventing it from remaining in the blood or depositing itself on arterial walls. It appears that the ingestion of alfalfa rids the body of the harmful types of cholesterol, but HDL (high density lipoprotein) is seemingly untouched by the effects of alfalfa. Hence,it is believed that alfalfa prevents plaque formation on the arterial walls, thereby as a consequence preventing heart disease and strokes, as well as being responsible for lowering blood cholesterol levels.

Alfalfa Health Benefits on Blood Sugar and Diabetes :
Another of the health benefits of alfalfa is its effects on blood sugar levels. Due to the high manganese content in alfalfa, it is believed to marginally lower blood sugar levels, and therefore is recommended for diabetics. Diabetics who have had problems responding to insulin have noticed better results from taking alfalfa and manganese.

Cancer :
The health benefits of alfalfa are believed to reach out to cancer, too. Cancer studies have also seen a correlation between alfalfa intake and incidence of cancer. It is reported that alfalfa helps to bind carcinogens in the colon, and is effective in their speedy elimination. Also, during post cancer treatment of chemotherapy with drugs like Cytoxan and Neosar, alfalfa has been reported to reduce and sometimes completely reverse the immune depression caused by these anti-cancer drugs.

Benefiting People on Antibiotics, Anti-Cholesterol Medications, Anti-Seizure Medications and Steroids : Also, besides the above, those on a regimen of antibiotics like amoxicillin, gentamicin, streptomycin and tetracycline would benefit greatly from alfalfa consumption, as it restores the levels of vitamin K in the body. Vitamin K gets depleted when using these anti biotics. It is also known to benefit those who are on anti -cholesterol medication, anti -seizure medication and steroids. All these reduce the level of vitamin K in the body, and alfalfa helps to build up reserves.

Drug and Alcohol Dependency : The health benefits of alfalfa also extend to alcohol and drug dependency – the herb is used to combat these conditions due to its alkalizing properties, which promote detoxification.

Where and How to Buy Alfalfa

Alfalfa is available in capsules, which you may take daily as a nutritional supplement. One or two capsules a day is recommended. You can also find bulk alfalfa leaves or seeds at some health food stores which are great for making a nourishing tea.

Other Uses and Benefits of Alfalfa :-There Are More Than You Might Think!

The modern day use of the alfalfa plant goes beyond medicine and forage – it is also used in organic gardening as a fertilizer. Due to its nitrogen fixing attributes, alfalfa is able to improve the quality of the soil.Typically, the health benefits of alfalfa are obtained either directly from fresh alfalfa grass or alfalfa sprouts, or through various alfalfa supplements.