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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:

    Thank you, Enzo. Your review is very encouraging. I'm going to try alfalfa for pain. Praise God!

  2. on said:

    Bibi, you should avoid the consumption of Alfalfa because it can cause the breakdown of red blood cells.

  3. on said:

    Vivian, what kind of treatment are you on?

  4. on said:

    I have problem wth red blood cells. Can I used Alfalfa?

  5. on said:

    I need to know if l can use Alfalfa while I'm on a treatment?

  6. on said:

    Where can I get Alfalfa leaves in South Africa, Gauteng?

  7. on said:

    I was dealing with a lot of pain so I started taking Alfalfa about one month ago and I have to say it has helped me so much that it's almost hard to believe. I'm feeling better more and more every day. I'm so happy that I found Alfalfa. By taking this you will get what your body needs. Trust me, we do not get even 25% of what our body needs by eating every day food. The deeper the roots of Alfalfa go down the better. Take care and good luck and may our loving JESUS be with you and help you get well. Enzo.

  8. on said:

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

  9. on said:

    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.

  10. on said:

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

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