Alfalfa is often referred as the miracle herb. Its leaves prevent the absorption in the guts and thereby, help in reducing the cholesterol level and the plaque formation inside the arteries. Hence, it reduces the chances of heart diseases and strokes. It also produces white blood cells which help in improving our body’s immune system.
Alfalfa, when consumed regularly, also helps in strengthening the bones. It contains Vitamin K, which prevent bone loss, which happens due to vitamin deficiency.
Common Name : Alfalfa
Botanical Name : Medicago Sativa
Forms : Tablet~Powder~Capsules~
Alfalfa is very rich in nutrients. It is a great source of vitamins, minerals and is widely used for household remedies. Few benefits are listed below.
- It helps in curing kidney problems
- It is effective in relieving fluid retention and swelling.
- It is useful for healing arthritis
- It is useful in curing auto-immune disorders
- It helps in nourishing the digestive, skeletal, glandular and urinary system.
- It helps in cleaning the blood, liver and bowel
- It is very useful in lowering cholesterol levels
- It helps to prevent strokes
- It helps in countering whooping cough
- It is commonly used for controlling diabetes
- It is used in treating urinary tract infections
- It is an effective remedy for patients suffering from Kidney stones
- It prevents tooth decay
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.
Side-effect Of Alfalfa
Alfalfa is often recommended, but for anyone who is allergic to the herb, it can be harmful even in small quantities. Long-term intake of alfalfa has some side effects on human body.
- It might make some people’s skin sensitive to direct sunlight.
- It is not advisable for pregnant women as it contains stachydrine and homostachydrine which promote menstruation and can result into miscarriage.
- Alfalfa lowers blood sugar level. So, a diabetic needs to be cautious about taking it in large amount.
- Alfalfa sometimes makes the immune system – over active, as a result chances of auto-immune diseases like multiple sclerosis, etc. increases.
- Add alfalfa sprouts to salads.
- While making sandwich, add some alfalfa sprouts along with other vegetables.
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.