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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:

    @Lucille, I suffered from boils for many years until I learned about organic Oil of Oregano. Oil of Oregano is a natural antibiotic and an immune booster. You can buy it from pretty much any herbal food store. Taking 3-4 drops daily for about a month helped me and it's been about 6 years I'm boil free. It has helped me with pretty much every infection so far - boils, other skin infections, sinusitis, cold and cough, and sty. I take it for a few days whenever I feel sick and thank God it goes away. The only thing to watch when taking Oregano Oil is, your iron levels because it tends to affect the iron absorption in the body. Therefore, it is recommended to use it for a few weeks when you are fighting an infection. And then take it only for a few days every now and then as an immune booster. I think it works great for boils. Just read the bottle or ask your doctor before you start taking it - just in case. Good luck!

  2. on said:

    I am 73 years old. I have been having inward boils. When the doctor examined me she felt three boils. I was given antibiotic. I was hoping that some herb could help me.

  3. on said:

    On another website I just read about using alfalfa for estrogen deficiency. It might also work on hormones. So people with estrogen dominance might be cautious with alfalfa. Is there any validity to that?

  4. on said:

    Hi Stacey, even though Alfafla helps with arthritis, it might be better to err on the side of caution and avoid it if you also suffer from lupus. You may also want to consult your doctor to confirm this, since it seems like you have a more complex situation than someone who may only be suffering from arthritis alone. Hope that helps!

  5. on said:

    Well, I am very confused. I have lupus (SLE) and arthritis (RA). They are both auto-immune diseases. The article says it cures arthritis but aggravates lupus. So which one is it?

  6. on said:

    I have ordered alfalfa syrup, but is it good for me? I have heart problems, arteries blockage, diabetes, and high blood pressure... I have my maintenance... but can I take this alfalfa together with my maintenance program? Thanks.

  7. on said:

    Where can I buy alfalfa? How can I use it for a cancer patient?

  8. on said:

    Alfalfa is called रिजका Rijakā
    in Hindi. However, I'm not sure where to get it from in India. In North America fresh Alfalfa is available in grocery stores in organic herbs section and can also be found in herbal food stores in dried form. I hope it helps!!

  9. on said:

    What is the Indian name of Alfalfa plant, and is it available in the Indian market?

  10. on said:

    how to take alfalfa from g.n.c triple alfalfa? 1500mg per tablet.


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