Scientific Name: Medicago sativa Leguminosae
Buffalo Grass, Buffalo Herb
Alfalfa is a perennial plant belonging to the pea family that is harvested
after having grown to approximately 3 feet. It is bushy with blue-green
leaves, bluish-purple or yellowish flowers and seeds in sickle-shaped or
spiraled pods. The roots of the Alfalfa can go down twenty to thirty feet
into the ground and this brings up the minerals that are not available on
Alfalfa is a good source of protein and is rich in vitamins and minerals.
It contains chlorophyll, organic acids, saponins, isoflavins, sterols,
coumarins, alkaloid and minerals like Calcium, potassium, phosphorus,
Magnesum and zinc. It is also rich in vitamins A, B1, B6, B12, C, D, E,
K, niacin, biotin, folic acid and pantothenic acid.
It plays a vital role in strengthening the immune system and in the
maintenance of a healthy body.
The leaves contain phytoestrogens that could be beneficial in menopausal
and breast feeding women. Saponins can help lower blood cholesterol and
slows the progress of atherosclerosis
Alfalfa can be eaten as fresh raw sprouts (washed thoroughly, of course) or
can be taken in capsules or teas, infusion or as a herb sprinkled onto food.
This is a source of good iodine.
Alfalfa is known to cure or give relief to the ff:
fluid retention and swelling
Reduce blood sugar levels (diabetes)
Alfalfa is also known as a natural treatment for hair loss.
Combined with equal amounts of carrot and lettuce, the combination of these
juices are helpful for the growth of hair.
As with all herbal products, moderation is the key to avoiding adverse
reactions. Not to be taken during pregnancy and contraindicated in
autoimmune diseases. Not to be taken when using blood thinning or
anticoagulant medication such as warfarin.
THOUGH THE CONTENT OF THIS BLOG HAD BEEN TRIED/TESTED AND HAD BEEN USED
AS FOLK/HERBAL MEDICINE IT IS STILL BEST TO CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR BEFORE
TRYING THIS. AVOID SELF-DIAGNOSIS AND SELF-MEDICATION.