HEALTH BENEFITS OF ALFALFA
The medicinal uses of alfalfa have existed for many years now and it is
being used in traditional Chinese medicine as a remedy for kidney problems.
Alfalfa is an herbaceous legume that grows perennially. It has been used
for a long time as livestock and horse feeds and are claimed to make horses
and other livestock strong and swift. Alfalfa is an Arab term which means
"Father of All Foods," and it has taken its name due to its beneficial
Alfalfa naturally has about 300 nutrients and phytonutrients. The alfalfa
plant is a good source of proteins as it is composed of 50% alfalfa
protein. It is rich in vitamins such as beta carotene, vitamins A, B1, B2,
B5, B6, C, E and K, and is also a good source of minerals such as calcium,
iron, copper, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and sulfur. It is also a
natural source of amino acids and provides rich sources of 9 essential
amino acids. Last but not least, it contains phytonutrients such as
saponins, octasonols, and isoflavones that is responsible for some of its
medicinal effects. Alfalfa is indeed a very healthy food. While eating
alfalfa legumes and leaves can potentially give you all these nutrients,
the full benefits of alfalfa can be achieved by the intake of alfalfa
Alfalfa supplements come in many forms. There are dried leaves available
and they are also being sold as alfalfa extracts in liquid form.
Supplements also come as 250 milligrams to 1000 milligrams alfalfa tablets
or alfalfa capsules, and they are available in drug and health stores all
over the world. Alfalfa supplement is mostly taken in tablet and capsule
form. Dried alfalfa leaves can also be steeped into one pint of water for
20 minutes to make alfalfa tea.
Alfalfa Health Benefits
Intake of alfalfa supplements offers a wide range of health benefits. These
* Reducing of bad cholesterol
* Promoting liver health
* Detoxifying the body of harmful toxins in the blood
* Reduction of blood sugar levels
* Relieving muscle and joint pains
* Alleviating menopausal symptoms and side effects
* Increasing energy levels
* Reducing fatigue due to vitamin and mineral deficiencies
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There is no standard alfalfa dosage that has to be strictly followed. The recommended dosage depends particularly on the purpose of taking the drug.
Alfalfa tabs and alfalfa pills, for example, are usually taken 2-3 times every day after meals for lowering cholesterol. Drinking two cups of alfalfa tea achieves the best results.
Alfalfa Side Effects and Precautions
Generally, alfalfa is safe to take for those who are healthy. However, some
isolated reports have been found on allergic reactions to alfalfa
supplements. There have also been reports that mention that alfalfa seeds
and alfalfa sprouts contain amino acids and other components that can be
harmful to people with autoimmune diseases. If you suffer from any illness
or are taking estrogens, immune-suppressing drugs, diabetes agents and
water pills, it is best to consult your doctor before taking alfalfa
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