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Alfalfa Health Benefits

What is Alfalfa?

Alfalfa Health Benefits

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:

  • Curing kidney problems, and relieving fluid retention and swelling.
  • Curing auto-immune disorder.
  • Healing arthritis.
  • Nourishing the digestive, skeletal, glandular and urinary system.
  • Cleansing the blood, liver and bowel.
  • Lowering cholesterol levels.
  • Preventing strokes.
  • Healing whooping cough.

Uses of Alfalfa

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.

Home Remedy for Diabetes

Alfalfa is known to reduce blood sugar levels, and is therefore considered a natural treatment for diabetes.

Remedy for Kidney Stones

Vitamins A, C, E and Zinc are proven to help dissolve kidney stones. You 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.

What are the Side Effects of Alfalfa?

As with all herbal products, moderation is the key to avoiding adverse reactions. For example, excessive consumption of alfalfa may cause the breakdown of red blood cells, which is extremely serious.

Research has found that diets high in canavanine, an amino acid found in alfalfa, can aggravate the disease lupus. However, canavanine is usually only found in the seeds and sprouts of alfalfa but not in mature leaves. Thus, alfalfa tea and capsules made from leaves are not expected to contain canavanine. Nevertheless, it is recommended that alfalfa be avoided during pregnancy because of its potential canavanine content and hormonally active saponins. If you are pregnant, it is recommended that you avoid regular daily consumption of alfalfa or its supplements.

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.

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  1. on said:

    Can liquid chlorophyll made from alfalfa be used as you would use alfalfa pills?

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    I have rheumatoid arthritis and had to come off the medication I was prescribed because it was causing problems to my liver. I started taking alfalfa tablets about 2 months ago after someone recommended it to me. I have been reading up about the positives and negatives of taking it. But I would like to know whether it is safe to take Alfalfa on a regular basis or not. I have been taking 2 x 500mg tablets per day and feel that it is helping my condition a little but after reading what I have I would like to know if it is safe to take on a regular basis.

  3. on said:

    @Lisa, for UTI, did you take 6 Alfalfa capsules a day for 3 weeks? It seems a lot.

  4. on said:

    All I can say is Praise the Lord for this herb. I have one UTI after another for over a year and the doctors have had no luck treating me, I just got more pills. I have now been on Alfalfa for 3 weeks 6 a day and I haven't had the burning and severe pain as I have had to live with for over a year. It's great to go to the bathroom and not cry when I have to urinate. Plus I can eat certain foods again, like tomatoes. Praise the Lord for this wonderful herb!

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    WARNING! Alfalfa has SERIOUS side effects when taking it with a BUNCH of modern day medications! It increases your blood clotting so if you take warfarin or any other blood thinner it can cause life threatening reactions! It is also a plausible cause of breast cancer. It mimics estrogen in the body and that can make people unstable. It is NOT for daily use no matter what place is trying to sell you on it!! The ancient people who used this herb medicinally only used it once in awhile, not daily or even weekly, more like a few times a year. It also has interactions with a bunch of antibiotics. Sulpha drugs, cipro and a whole list of others. Alfalfa seeds found anywhere outside of a natural foods store can be soaked in toxic pesticides!! Do NOT sprout Alfalfa from seeds bought at a hardware store!! Try to find a chemical free non GMO Heirloom seed supply if you want to grow your own. Any Alfalfa that was grown in the USA was done so using tons of herbicides, pesticides, and chemical fertilizers and that will be in the leaves and go right into your tea. Most strains of Alfalfa that are being grown in this country now have been genetically modified by MONSANTO and that could have changed what the plant has in it because it changes how the plant acts in natural atmosphere. You can also develop an allergy from using too much Alfalfa and then you might never be able to use it again. As with any natural healing remedy, remember that nothing in nature was meant to be used all the time. It is best to find a wide variety of things that are good for you and use each thing only once in awhile. Find 30 different things that are good for you in the herbal world and use each one only once a month! This will keep reactions down and prevent the body from building up tolerances or allergies from over use. No matter how good something is for you, over use of anything is bad. There are a few things that nature DID intend for people to eat a lot of and frequently. Squash is one of them. Squash is found growing naturally since ancient times on every continent. It is an anti-inflammatory food and is highly nutritious. It has a fresh eating summer variety and a "Last through the winter" variety that requires zero refrigeration. Summer squash and Zucchini varieties have tested to have anti-cancer properties in their edible skins. Allergies to squash are almost unheard of. It has shown to be helpful for people who have multiple food allergies or autoimmune problems, people with crohn's or inflammatory bowel or chronic fatigue syndrome. You can eat squash every day with one meal as a side and it will never cause a health problem. Sweet potatoes and yams are another food you can eat almost daily for good health. Again it is anti-inflammatory, full of nutrients, and people are almost never allergic to it. It is consumed daily as a food source by many cultures safely. These are the things we need to remember as developed nations with regards to what we eat with all our choices at the grocery store. We would not have the cancer, or autoimmune diseases or liver/kidney stones or chronic fatigue if we ate things like these vegetables every day from a farmer that does not use artificial pesticides and artificial fertilizers! People need to eat a LOT of vegetables a day, a small amount of fruit and a small amount of meat. And grains can be good if they are used as a variety and not a daily source of food. So things like wheat would not be bad if you only ate it once per week, same thing as rice which is now showing to be loaded with arsenic that needs time to be processed out of the body. Eating rice, even brown rice, all the time is BAD but once a week or so becomes less of a big deal. Quinoa is really good for you but it is HIGHLY inflammatory!! So again, eating it once per week is no big deal but it can cause problems if eaten all the time. Tomatoes and Sweet bell peppers are good for you but inflammatory! Raw Broccoli, Cauliflower, Cabbage, and Brussel Sprouts are Highly inflammatory besides also having the sulfer your liver needs to make bile to work properly. Think of how hard it would be on the body to eat a breakfast burrito with a wheat or quinoa based tortilla and sliced green bell pepper in the morning, Inflammation, a wheat bread sandwich with sliced tomato at lunch, Inflammation, and dinner with a side of broccoli or cooked quinoa?? Now you have had inflammatory foods at every meal and that swells up your intestines and makes it difficult for every organ to work properly to digest your food. You know how eating cabbage or beans always makes people fart? That is the gas produced from bacteria death in your swollen intestines from not being able to process your food properly until the inflammation goes away!! So try to eat inflammatory foods at the same time as you eat ant-inflammatory foods like squash, celery, cherries, dark chocolate, Raw unblanched nuts like almonds and walnuts, olive oil, turmeric, ginger (bloodthinner!). So if you go looking up tomatoes you will see it listed as an anti-inflammatory food. It DOES have some anti-inflammatory properties but it is also in the NIGHTSHADE family and has an enzyme that is highly inflammatory. This enzyme breaks down when it's well cooked so having tomato sauce on pizza is not nearly as inflammatory as a raw slice. However, cooking it also reduces a lot of the good nutritional benefits so eat your tomatoes raw a few times a week with other anti-inflammatory foods to balance out its bad enzyme. So you see that what combination of foods that you eat is really important. It is the same way for herbs to battle our problems. If you eat the right combination of things then you won't need things like alfalfa or other healing herbs to fix you because you will already be healthy!

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    @Kyle, it is dangerous for Lupus patients to take Alfalfa. Alfalfa sprouts contain an amino acid called L-canavanine that can stimulate the immune system and increase inflammation in people with lupus. Therefore, people with lupus and other similar autoimmune disorders should not use alfalfa sprouts at all.

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    It is important to remember that vitamin C assists with the uptake of iron. The simplest way to boost your iron levels is to drink orange juice or other juices high in vitamin C with meals. It would be good if doctors recommend it when they diagnose anaemia. Vitamin C rich foods and drinks can increase your iron levels when combined with iron rich meals and is much better than taking iron pills and supplements.

  8. on said:

    Alfalfa seeds are available with sprouting kits in most hardware stores or can be purchased from garden suppliers.

  9. on said:

    I started taking Alfalfa about a week ago, and it's working for my arthritis and cholesterol. I take two 650mg tablets of Alfalfa in the morning and two 650mg tablets in the evening. I'm feeling pretty good!

  10. on said:

    Where can I buy alfalfa plants or seedlings so I can propagate it in my backyard.

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