Alfalfa: The superfood

alfalfa-sproutsAlfalfa is one of the most nutrient-rich food sources. The benefits of alfalfa stem from the fact that it is rich in vitamins including vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E and K. It is also especially rich in minerals such as magnesium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and potassium, all in easily digestible forms. It is also a natural source of fluoride, fiber, antioxidants (such as chlorophyll), and phytonutrients (such as octacosanol, carotenoids and saponins). It is said to contain over 300 nutrients and phytonutrients.

Some of the most important benefits of alfalfa are as follows:

Allergies. Supplements have shown to help reduce the symptoms of common seasonal allergies.

Cholesterol. Alfalfa (leaves) has been seen to reduce cholesterol and reduces blood sugar levels, as well.

Digestion. Alfalfa is enriched with fibers such that they facilitate digestion. Legumes are naturally good for the digestive system.

Diabetes. With people who are insulin dependent, alfalfa supplements may actually help insulin work more effectively.

Detoxification. Alfalfa reportedly has the ability to improve liver health and detoxifies the body from harmful toxins.  Especially good when you’ve had a meal  you know is quite acidic or alcoholic beverages.  It helps in alkalizing your body. (balancing your Ph Levels)

Menopause. Alfalfa alleviates symptoms of menopause and makes post-menopausal side effects such as hot flashes more manageable.

Muscle and joint problems. Supplementation with alfalfa is effective in relieving stiffness and pain caused by muscle problems, arthritis and bursitis.

Other Benefits. Alfalfa has also been reported to treat kidney, bladder and even prostate problems, and is seen to be effective for treating urinary track infection. It also has the ability to increase energy levels and reduce fatigue.

You can add alfalfa to many of our herbal teas, tinctures and to food. Make a tea for the kids with Alfalfa, Red Raspberry and Peppermint as a source of vitamins and minerals that they love to drink.

You also drink a lot of Liquid Chlorophyll, which is a concentrated liquid of the chlorophyllins from the fresh alfalfa plant.  When the kids are sick, its purifying and detoxifying properties help them recover more quickly.

During pregnancy,  add Alfalfa to  pregnancy tea  and give high doses of alfalfa in herbal teas if anyone gets sick. Due to its mild flavor, you can also add scoops of dried alfalfa to smoothies and drinks.

Contributed by Wellness MAMA