Benefits of "Alfalfa" Supplements
Species: M. sativa
Also know as: Chilean clover,
buffalo grass, Lucerne (in
Britain) and most famous for
"Father Of All Foods"
Parts used: Leaves, petals,
flowers and sprouts.
Alfalfa is high in chlorophyll and nutrients. It alkalizes and detoxifies the body, especially the liver, promotes pituitary gland function and is good for all colon disorders.
Alfalfa leaf benefits include treating anemia, diabetes, loss of appetite, as a diuretic to reduce edema, for indigestion, bladder disorders (such as urinary incontinence), flatulence, irritable bowel syndrome (colitis), healing of fractured bones, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and may be helpful in balancing hormones.
It may be useful as an estrogen replacement in order to increase breast milk and to lessen the effects of PMS, and lower blood cholesterol levels.
The nutritional benefits of alfalfa are that it is full of nutrients essential for the function of the central nervous system. Alfalfa contains the essential amino acid tryptophan, which has been proven to be a nerve sedative.
Animal studies show that alfalfa leaves help reduce blood cholesterol levels and plaque deposits on artery walls. Alfalfa sprouts produce a similar, but less significant effect.
One study suggests that it helps neutralize carcinogens in the intestines and another study showed that it binds carcinogens in the colon and helps speed their elimination from the body. Also in laboratory studies, it helps disease causing fungi. It might one day be used in treating fungal infections. These are just a few of the health benefits of herbs. Alfalfa Leaf is on the Food and Drug Administration list of herbs generally regarded as safe.
As with all herbal nutrition supplements, alfalfa herbal supplements should only be used in amounts typically recommended for medicinal purposes and you should always consult with a health professional first, especially if you are pregnant, nursing or taking prescription medications.
CHEMICAL & NUTRIENT CONTENT:
Biotin (vitamin B7), boron, calcium, chlorophyll, choline, inositol, iron, magnesium, PABA, phosphorus, potassium, protein, selenium, silica, sodium, sulfur, tryptophan, and vitamins A, B complex, C, D, E and K.
Alfalfa is a flowering plant in the pea family. It resembles a tall clover. It is a deep rooting, busy perennial that grows to three feet tall. The leaves are divided into three leaflets. The herbs lavender, pale blue or yellow flowers bloom from May through October. Depending on location.
It grows best in loamy soil. It tolerates clay but not sand. Seeds are usually sown in fall in rows eighteen inches apart. Young alfalfa plants require regular watering, but once established, they become drought tolerant.
Other herbs with alterative action include aloe vera, angelica, black cohosh, buckthorn, burdock, cascara sagrada, chaparral, comfrey, dandelion, dong quai, gotu kola, kelp, licorice, psyllium, red raspberry, rhubarb, stinging nettle, and white willow.
NATURAL REMEDIES FOR PETS:
Is rich in trace minerals and can be given to pets as an infusion, extract or dried bulk herb sprinkled onto there food. Common uses include allergies, arthritis, appetite enhancer and joint problems.
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