Alfalfa – Benefits and Uses Overview
Alfalfa is a grass rich in nutrients. While alfalfa is often used as feed for horses and rabbits, the plant has many medicinal uses as well.
Alfalfa and Nutrition
Alfalfa is a nutritious food for humans. This grass is a good source of minerals like calcium, potassium, carotene, magnesium, Vitamin K, Vitamin E, amino acids, chlorophyll, and antioxidants.
Alfalfa is thought to lower cholesterol. It also may help relieve inflammation and digestive problems. It has been recommended to balance pH levels and hormones. Alfalfa may also fight fungal infections, skin problems, and joint disorders. It also has been used to treat:
- Kidney problems: The ancient Chinese sometimes used alfalfa to treat kidney stones and the fluid retention that accompanies kidney disease.
- Cholesterol: Alfalfa in the diet may help lower levels of bad cholesterol in the body. It contains two types of saponins, natural substances that may help the body get rid of excess cholesterol. It might accomplish this by improving the liver’s enzyme activity.
- Hormonal imbalance: Coumestrol, another substance found in alfalfa, is considered to be a phytoestrogen—the plant equivalent to the female hormone estrogen. Alfalfa is sometimes recommended to combat low-estrogen symptoms that accompany menopause. However, because hormone balance is an extremely delicate matter, any plant should be used for this purpose only under the close supervision of an experienced healthcare professional.
In 2011, the USDA approved growing genetically engineered alfalfa. To be sure you are not eating genetically modified alfalfa, purchase only certified organic brands.
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