With clusters on tiny purple flowers that resemble a clover, Alfalfa is a flowering plant that was cultivated as livestock fodder in the ancient times. With high nutritional quality and good protein content, Alfalfa is also the highest-yielding forage plant. Under favorable conditions, it is believed to live for as long as 30 years. Alfalfa is also a nitrogen fixing plant (a legume), which picks up nitrogen from the air and stores it in its root nodules. It also has a wonderful ability to suck nutrients from deep down into the soil and bring it to the surface, which is particularly helpful when grown with other plants.
The seeds, leaves and sprouts of this plant are often used to make medicine, since they are known to possess valuable therapeutic properties. Alfalfa sprouts are also used as a tasty addition to many dishes, and are believed to be packed with important nutrients, which make it a must-have for those who suffer from malnutrition, prolonged illness and debility.
Alfalfa is also commonly used for the following purposes
- Alfalfa is known for its amazing ability to reduce blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of plaque build-up, atherosclerosis and other heart diseases.
- The extracts of alfalfa are believed to be helpful in improving digestive health and dealing with digestive troubles.
- Herbal medicine practitioners often use alfalfa as a natural botanical extract to increase the production of breast milk in lactating mothers.
- Alfalfa extracts are also used as a natural treatment for anemia, and is thought to be effective in reliving the symptoms associated with arthritis
- Alfalfa is rich in folic acid, calcium, vitamin A, vitamin C, riboflavin, niacin and other important minerals like potassium, iron and magnesium, which makes it ones of the best natural supplements that improve overall health.
- Alfalfa is also believed to possess hormone-balancing properties, and is a rich source of natural bioflavonoids.
- Some research suggests that alfalfa extracts may be useful for many health conditions such as kidney problems, bladder and prostate problems, rheumatoid arthritis, stomach upset, osteoarthritis, diabetes, asthma, high cholesterol levels and more.