Previously, I raved about growing alfalfa in my backyard. Yes, cooing over the dainty flowers, how bees love it, and the health benefits of this green wonder. But I left you hang on the health benefits of alfalfa.
So hang on and keep reading.
Health Benefits of Alfalfa:
Listed below are some the attributes of alfalfa:
- University of Michigan’s Health System states alfalfa contains protein and vitamins A, B1, B6, C, E and vitamin K as well as the presence of calcium, potassium, iron, and zinc.
- Herbalists commonly use it to treat diabetes, menopause, arthritis, and asthma.
- A study revealed that the use of alfalfa is promising as a treatment for the autoimmune disorders.
- Another study showed that the alfalfa saponins reduced cholesterol absorption in animals.
- Used for kidney and prostate issues and to increase urine flow.
- Alfalfa can be use to prevent osteoporosis and keep bones strong due to its Vitamin K content according to The Doctors Book of Herbal Home Remedies: Cure Yourself with Nature’s Most Powerful Healing Agents (Alternative Health)*
WebMD notes that eating alfalfa is not without risk. Certain auto-immune disorders might become more active, lower sugar levels might be experienced in diabetics, and it might cause some people to be more sensitive to the sun.
In addition, University of Michigan Health System warns that use of alfalfa could interfere with anticoagulants. Most importantly, if you are pregnant or breast feeding, consult a doctor before using alfalfa. (See here for more interactions.)
Promise me that you will just play it safe and consult your doctor, before adding any supplement to your diet including alfalfa.
And if you want to add it to your diet, buy it HERE.
Join the Conversation:
- Do you take alfalfa supplement?
- Do you eat alfalfa raw?
- Do you grow alfalfa?
- Do you add alfalfa to your smoothies?