Alfalfa has been used as a food supplement by various people around the world. It is a very effective herbal medicine that not only cures various ailments in the body but also gives essential nutrients to the body.
This herb has been given to livestock and horses which makes them stronger. Hence this has been called as Alfalfa or “Father of all Foods”.
The herb has been found growing around the world more especially in the grasslands. The specialty of this herb is that its roots go deep under the earth and have been found to contain valuable minerals necessary for the body.
Common and Botanical Names
The botanical name of Alfalfa is Medicago sativa. The common names of Alfalfa are Lucerne, Medicago Sativa, Spanish Clover, California Clover, Batua, Lahsunghaas, Wilayati gawuth, lusan, purple medic, etc. The tamil name of the herb is Mochai.
The nutrients contained in Alfalfa
Alfalfa is a very effective food supplement. Alfalfa contains about 300 nutrients that are useful for the body. Some of the essential nutrients include Vitamins A, D, E, K, B6, chlorophyll and proteins. It also contains considerable amounts of potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and iron. Other nutrients present in Alfalfa include amino acids. These nutrients have the ability to make ourselves very healthy and also cure various ailments.
Primary Medicinal Uses
General Health Supplement
Alfalfa is used as a health supplement and promotes the general health of the body. It regulates the blood pressure, eliminates the stress and eliminates the toxins from the body. In China, this herb is being consumed so that in increases kidney function. Alfalfa is known to produce various positive effects on the body like lowering of cholesterol, reduces blood sugar level, strengthens bone and promotes the normal functioning of the body organs like pituitary gland, kidney, etc
Alfalfa promotes digestion. If your stomach gets upset, consuming Alfalfa provides good relief. The herb contains high amounts of fiber. Hence it is very effective in treating ailments related to stomach like IBS, bloating, diarrhea, nausea, etc. The herb plays a vital role in keeping the digestive system balanced. The herb is very effective in curing peptic ulcers related to the stomach.
Alfalfa is a very good medicine that prevents excess absorption of cholesterol by the body. Hence it is normally consumed before having food. This has great benefits to the heart since the clogging of the heart by cholesterol is prevented.
Alfalfa has been very effective in treating diabetes. It acts like insulin and reduces the sugar levels in the body. A recent research has confirmed that Alfalfa controls diabetes due to the high amount of manganese contained in it.
The herb plays a vital role in keeping the heart healthy. It regulates the cholesterol levels and keeps the arteries healthy for blood circulation. The herb prevents from getting attacked by strokes and stresses.
Those suffering from Arthritis can take Alfalfa. This will ease the pain.
Liver and Kidney Functioning
Alfalfa cleanses the waste products from the body. It is a great medicine that helps dissolve kidney stones.
Alfalfa when taken along with carrot and lettuce, have been found to promote growth of hair. It also prevents loss of hair.
Thos suffering from Asthma can take Alfalfa supplements regularly. It prevents the nostrils from becoming blocked.
Women use the herb for getting relieved from menopausal problems. The herb helps maintain the hormonal levels in the body.
Alfalfa juice is for rinsing the mouth which helps prevent oral diseases like gum infections, cavities, etc.
Stimulates Breast Milk
The herb stimulates the flow of milk in feeding mothers.
How much Alfalfa should you consume?
Those who take Alfalfa in the form of capsules can take about 1 or 2 capsules a day. Some people prefer to have Alfalfa tea. The leaves can be used to prepare the Alfalfa tea which is considered healthy. You may also prefer to consume the herb in the form of sprouts or tablets.
- Alfalfa does not have any significant side effects. However, it is necessary to consult a physician before consuming it. The main reason is that you are already taking other medications, there are chances that this herbal medicine may interact with those medication and produce side effects.
- Excess quantities of Alfalfa should not be consumed. Excess consumption might result in breaking down of RBC’s in the body.
- Pregnant women should avoid taking Alfalfa. The herb tends to contract the pelvic muscles and hence might result in miscarriage.
- Some people might be allergic to Alfalfa. They would experience slight stomach upsets.
- People who take medication for blood thinners should avoid taking Alfalfa.