Alfalfa Medicago sativa L.
Medicinal Uses & Benefits of Alfalfa
How to Use: Alfalfa
Alfalfa leaf contains a broad spectrum of nutrients, including considerable quantities of protein, trace mineral and vitamins, dietary fiber and chlorophyll, which serves as an antioxidant in the bloodstream. Alfalfa sprouts are a staple of salads and contain nutrients, but the leaves hold the best healing potential and contain phytoestrogens that could be beneficial in menopausal and breast feeding women. Chemicals in alfalfa called saponins can help lower blood cholesterol (by impeding intestinal absorption) without affecting heart-healthy HDL cholesterol. Alfalfa may help counteract side effects of chemotherapy used to treat cancer by increasing white blood cells, which are important to fighting off infections. 3
Preparation Methods & Dosage : Alfalfa can be taken in capsules, teas or eaten as fresh raw sprouts that have been rinsed thoroughly to remove mold. Alfalfa has great value as daily food supplement for long-term relief of the pain of arthritis and cardiovascular health of animals and humans. Alfalfa tea is mild and good tasting, and blends well with many other tonic herbs like nettle, mints, and citrus.
Alfalfa Side Effects: If you have lupus or are in remission, you shouldn't consume alfalfa seeds. Use alfalfa only during its prebloom stages of growth. Alfalfa seeds should never be eaten unless sprouted because they contain high levels of the toxic amino acid canavanine.
Regional Traditions :Middle East *
History and Traditions & Folklore
Alfalfa is believed to have the power to bring good fortune in matters of money, business and good luck in gambling. This symbolism may stem from its use as a high quality hay that keeps animals fed in times of want. 1