Genesis 1:29 “Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food.”
Alfalfa is truly the Seabiscuit of Supplements, referring to the quote by Tobey Maguire, “Though he be but little, he is fierce.” Underrated, unrecognized, alfalfa really packs a power punch, giving more bang for the buck than, in my humble opinion, any other herbal!
Used in Biblical times, some claim it was the grass that brought back Nebuchadnezzar’s sanity. The Greeks, Arabs, Romans and Chinese used alfalfa for medicinal purposes for over 1500 years. Why aren’t more Americans using it? At less than $4 for 300 tablets, it’s a bargain!
All parts of the plant can be used, but most are familiar with alfalfa sprouts in the grocery store. If you buy sprouts, make sure you wash them thoroughly. These are excellent and nutritionally beneficial when added to salads and sandwiches. The alfalfa plant is a member of the humble pea family and can be consumed in many ways, including as a tea or juice.
Alfalfa used as an herbal remedy contains so many benefits in fact, it’s hard to know where to start! (Consult your doctor first if taking medication or pregnant.)
- Alfalfa includes nutrients which promote pituitary gland function, (also known as the ‘Master Gland’) regulates the thyroid, our hormonal balance, urine production and growth regulation.
- It contains 8 essential enzymes which digest complex and simple carbohydrates, proteins, fats, helping transport nutrients to the areas of the body for maximum metabolic usage. Great for weight loss and metabolic balance! Consume tablets with food for maximum benefit.
- Its roots grow deeply into the ground, (20 feet or more) producing a plant extremely rich in minerals: magnesium, manganese, zinc, carotene, chloride, iron, copper, calcium, phosphorus, and potassium. These, among other attributes, promote bone, hair growth and regulate heartbeat.
- It contains manganese, which studies have shown lowers blood sugar, therefore regulating diabetic insulin production.
- Contains vitamins A, thiamine, niacin, riboflavin, C, D, B6, E and K.
- Vitamins A, C, E and the mineral Zinc are believed to dissolve kidney stones.
- Vitamin K is known to facilitate blood clotting so avoid if taking the drug Coumadin.
- It contains little known Vitamin U, which effectively cured 80% of peptic ulcers.
- Alfalfa has anti-inflammatory properties, used as a treatment for arthritic conditions.
- Antifungal, it destroys harmful yeast and other fungi infections.
- Alfalfa has a high fiber content and is a proven, effective treatment for high cholesterol.
- Alfalfa alkalines and detoxifies the body, creating a less stressed, more alkaline biochemistry.
- Contains chlorophyll, which assists with lowering bad LDL cholesterol.
- Used as a diuretic, it naturally reduces edema and bloating.
- Assisting digestion, can reduce irregularity and toxins in the intestinal tract.
- Alfalfa is high in silica which promotes milk flow in lactating women.
- It’s high in active antioxidants that prevent DNA destruction and slows down the process of aging.
- Contains leutin which protects against macular degeneration and promotes eye health.
- Chloride – is an essential electrolyte has properties which purifies the body; regulates sugar, fat and starch metabolism.
- Higher in protein than most grains, alfalfa contains several essential amino acids like arginine, lysine, theronine and tryptophan, necessary bodily building blocks.
- As with any supplement use common sense and balance your usage. Humans sometimes have a reckless, “If something’s good, more is better” mentality.
- Alfalfa sprouts shouldn’t be used in excess, avoid if one has lupus.
- If overused, a toxin amino acid known as canavanine has been known to cause a blood disorder Consult your doctor first if you have any doubts!