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Alfalfa Benefits - Enjoy the Healing Power of Alfalfa

Updated on February 10, 2017
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Learn How Alfalfa Benefits You

Alfalfa benefits us in so many ways. These sprouts make a great addition to many delicious dishes and also has much medicinal value and helps prevent and manage a wide variety of illnesses. They are also known to help one maintain their skin quality, age and overall health very effectively. Let us now look at what Alfalfa is, how alfalfa benefits us, and how they help us prevent or manage certain diseases.

Find out how something as simply as alfalfa can make us healthier today. It is easy to enjoy some good tasty alfalfa and enjoy their health benefits.

Alfalfa Facts

Botanical Name - Medicago Sativa

Family - Papilioaceae

Description - A leguminous herb that grows up to 50cm.

The plant consist of green leaves and purplish flowers.

Nicknames - "King of Kings" of Plants & "Father of all foods".

Other Names - Lucerne, Chilean clover and buffalo grass.

Native - Europe.

Alfalfa Plant

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Alfalfa Benefits to our Health - Learn more about the Goodness of Alfalfa

Alfalfa is rich in Vitamins A,B,C,D,E,G and K. It also contains a rich and quality balance of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, chlorine, sodium, potassium and silicon.

Alfalfa has more protein and less carbohydrate when compared to grains like wheat and corn. Proteins in alfalfa contain some essential amino acids like arginine, lysine, theronine and tryptophane, which would supplement any defiencies within one's diet. Alfalfa also contains saponin, a compound that reduces the bad cholestrol and fats.

Alfalfa is also one of the richest source of dietery fibre and chlorophyl. There is also a high concentration of highly active antioxidants that would prevent DNA destruction and slow down the process of aging.

Enjoy Alfalfa Benefits in Supplements - Alfalfa Supplements For All

Although it is best to consume alfalfa in its natural form, there are alfalfa supplements that can be used to allow everyone to enjoy the health benefits of alfalfa. The alfalfa supplements that are listed here come in the form of capsules and powder. Remember something is better than nothing.

Alfalfa Capsules for Good Health

Nature's Way Alfalfa Leaves -- 100 Capsules
Nature's Way Alfalfa Leaves -- 100 Capsules

I personally take the easy road by taking my alfalfa daily by capsule. Be sure to get a high-quality alfalfa product such as this one. There are many different ones to choose from at Amazon.com, so do your research and decide which would be the best for you.

 

Learn how to grow Alfalfa Sprouts at Home - Video to Teach How to Grow Alfalfa Sprouts

The best way to enjoy alfalfa benefits the whole year round would be by growing alfalfa sprouts in your own home. It isn't too difficult and mostly, the alfalfa sprouts would be fresh!

This is a nice video I found on YouTube explaining how to sprout alfalfa seeds on your own.

Supplies Needed to Grow Alfalfa Sprouts

Seed Sprouting Jar, Glass Half Gallon - 1 pc,(Handy Pantry)
Seed Sprouting Jar, Glass Half Gallon - 1 pc,(Handy Pantry)

It comes with the jar, lid and seeds! Everything you need to immediately start growing the alfalfa sprouts right at your home. Instructions included as well. A great tool to help grow your own alfalfa sprouts.

 

Alfalfa Benefits for our Heart - Alfalfa is Good For the Heart

Heart disorders is defined as a collective term that describes diseases affecting the heart. Some examples are coronary heart disease, cardiomyopathy, cardiovascular disease, ischaemic heart disease, heart failure, hypertensive heart disease, inflammatory heart disease and valvular heart disease. Heart disorders have been declared as one of the biggest cause of death within United States, Canada, England and Wales. In 2007, these heart disorders were known to kill one person every 34 seconds in the US alone.

Alfalfa consumed as a juice has been effective to prevent or manage problems pertaining to the heart and arteries. The juice made from fresh alfalfa leaves are the most effective in achieving this benefit, However, since they are very potent, it is best to consume this with carrot juice. That way, the benefits of both carrot and alfalfa juices are experienced at once.

The leaves and sprouts of Alfalfa are known to help lower the blood cholestrol and reduce the amount of plague that deposited on artery walls. Saponins found in alfalfa leaves are known to lower plasma cholesterol, reduce intestinal absorption of cholesterol, and prevent atherosclerosis.

Alfalfa Helps with Respiratory System - Alfalfa Benefits those with Respiratory Disorders

Respiratory diseases are essentialy diseases that affect the lungs. These include diseases of the lung, pleural cavity, bronchial tubes, trachea, upper respiratory tract and of the nerves and muscles of breathing. Some examples of respiratory diseases are Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Cystic Fibrosis, Bronchiolitis and Asbestosis.

Common forms of treatment for these disorders are

1. Medication

2. Physiotherapy

3. Oxygen

4. Mechanical Ventilation

5. Radiotherapy

6. Surgery (in very severe/serious cases)

Alfalfa is a great source of chlorophyll, especially when in the form of a juice. Chlorophyll provides magnesium and helps the blood carry essential oxygen to the tissues and cells in our body. It also helps treat any infections caused and is regarded as a good dietery supplement for smokers as chlorophyll helps neutralize that toxins (poison) inhaled everyday. A great supplement for passive smokers too,I guess.

Thus, with its abundance of chlorophyll, alfalfa would help in respiratory problems and discomforts like sinusitis.

How Else To Fight Respiratory Disorders? - Books on Respiratory Disorders

Find out how you can fight respiratory diseases like asthma effectively. Also featured is a book that talks about strategies that would help children who are diagnosed with these respiratory diseases and allow them to live life to the fullest.

How Do You Add Alfalfa Into Your Meals? - Enjoy Alfalfa benefits every time you eat!

** Sprinkle generous amounts of sprouts on sandwich fillings, soups and salads (My favorite)

** Consume the juice extracted from alfalfa leaves. It would help if this juice is mixed with carrot juice as it might get too intense.

** Alfalfa tea made from alfalfa seeds and dried alfalfa leaves.

Get Some Alfalfa Sandwich Recipes here.

Alfalfa Sandwich

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Make an Alfalfa Smoothie - A Green Smoothie You Can Try

This is a neat way of enjoying a whole amount of alfalfa and the benefits of other greens and fruits. In the form of alfalfa juice

How To Make Alfalfa Tea? - Learn how to make alfalfa tea at home

1. Boil alfalfa seeds in a pan with a lid on for 30 mins.

2. Add lemongrass or mint while boiling for added flavor.

3. Strain or squeeze the seeds dry.

4. Allow it to cool

5. Add some water

6. Add honey for taste if desired.


Normally 2 cups of tea a day is sufficient for most conditions. Normally, anything more than that could result in bloating.

Once again, please do consult a doctor before beginning an alfalfa tea regimen...

Enjoy great health with Alfalfa!

I do hope that you have learned more about alfalfa benefits. What is your favorite way of taking your daily dose of alfalfa for good health? Please do share any comments and thank you for reading!

Alfalfa Field

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Would You Add Alfalfa For Better Health? - Do You Thinks Alfalfa has Heath Benefits?

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      There are times when it seems that there are not enough hours in the day nor days in the week to consume everything that is supposed to be good for you but thanks for adding to the list!

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      evanscharles09 3 years ago

      Hello!!This alfalfa natural herb is very nice information..Thank you for this because i get more idea about this topic...

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      TheCozyDinosaur 3 years ago

      I've been wondering about alfalfa when I pass it in the grocery store. Thanks for answering some questions.

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      yourlocalpt 4 years ago

      i heard about Alfalfa, my friend introduce some benefits of Alfalfa and it looks interesting that's why i made some search. thanks for your article and it helps me to have more knowledge about this Alfalfa.

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      faye durham 4 years ago

      Great to know. I enjoyed reading your lens. Congratulations on editor of the day feature.

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      RinchenChodron 4 years ago

      Thanks for this reminder. Haven't been eating my sprouts, have no idea why, but I'm off to the store.

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      Echo Phoenix 4 years ago

      Love your lens! will have to try Alfalfa Tea :) Namaste`

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      LadyDuck 4 years ago

      I grow my sprouts because I know they are very good for your health, but I did not know Alfalfa were good for respiratory system. Great lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I never knew this about Alfalfa. Great to know! Thank you!

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      TapIn2U 4 years ago

      I've heard so much about these amazing sprouts. I'd like to try the smoothie. Very much enjoyed the video. Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)

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      knitstricken 4 years ago

      Terrific Lens! I knew alfalfa sprouts and such are good for you but I had no idea HOW good! Wow! And thanks!

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      tamjo5 4 years ago

      Thank You! I need the videos they are so helpful.

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      cjbmeb14 lm 4 years ago

      The Alfalfa juice with carrot juice sounds interesting.

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      askformore lm 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing these health tips.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I used alfalfa in my smoothies

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      I like adding the sprouts to sandwiches best.

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      sukkran trichy 6 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      i am using alfalfa regularly. thanks for the alfalfa sandwich recipes.it is new to me.

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      akumar46 lm 6 years ago

      Nice lens and useful information about Alfalfa.Thanks.

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      norma-holt 6 years ago

      This is a great lens on an important topic. Top marks and featured this on The Hideous Side of Diabetes.

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      Heather Burns 6 years ago from Wexford, Ireland

      Really love this lens about Alfalfa! I grow my own too. Blessed.

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      sheilamarie78 6 years ago

      I used to sprout alfalfa seeds in my kitchen and add the sprouts to salads and sandwiches. I haven't for a while, though, but this lens makes me realize that I should start again. Thanks for all the information about the benefits of alfalfa. I didn't realize how healthy it is!

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      oztoo lm 6 years ago

      I knew Alfalfa was good but I didn't realize the extent of the benefits. I love it in salads and sandwiches.

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      Sandy Mertens 6 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Very nice. I haven't tried alfalfa, but heard of all the benefits.

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      pacrapacma lm 6 years ago

      My kids like alfalfa, but they make a mess with it. I have bought it in lately for this reason. I guess I should with the health benefits. Adding alfalfa to a smoothie is a good idea to get it in the diet of people who don't care for the taste or texture. Nice lens.

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      Leanne Chesser 6 years ago

      Yum. I love alfalfa. My favorite is to put a heaping pile on sandwiches, or in wraps or pitas.

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      ICanCook 6 years ago

      I sprout Alfalfa for my sandwich and salad but I had no idea it was such a valuable health aide. Thanks for the info,

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I had no idea there were so many benefits of eating alfalfa and as usually, the natural way is the best way! Thank you!

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Great lens topic and great info. Alfalfa is chook full of good nutrients.

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      aishu19 6 years ago

      @FanfrelucheHubs: they do taste good on sandwiches

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      Nathalie Roy 6 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      I do add sprouted alfalfa to sandwiches from time to time. I love the taste.

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      aishu19 6 years ago

      @thesuccess2: I am glad you learned something about alfalfa.I hope you like it too

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      thesuccess2 6 years ago

      Never heard of it before this lens, but must try it, I just love anything unusual & healthy

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      aishu19 6 years ago

      @aesta1: These are good on an omelette...I do hope you enjoy the alfalfa smoothie too

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I sometimes grow my own alfalfa and enjoy it for omelette but I have not tried it in a smoothie. Great incentive to grow some again.

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      aishu19 7 years ago

      @Faye Rutledge: I am glad that you love it so now you would put extra more in your sandwiches

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      Faye Rutledge 7 years ago from Concord VA

      I like alfalfa sprouts on a sandwich, but never knew it was so healthy!

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      aishu19 7 years ago

      @ItsYourLife: Thank you... and I am off to check out the forum now :)

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      ItsYourLife 7 years ago

      Great Lens, if you would like to get your lens higher on Google Ranking and a higher Rank on Squidoo, please feel free to join my Health Forum and add links to your Lens in the signature. http://forums.itsyourlifedirect.co.uk/index.php

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      aishu19 7 years ago

      @anonymous: Glad you liked it. Thanks Monavie

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      world best fruit juice monavie

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      aishu19 7 years ago

      @burgessvillian: Adding alfalfa to salads is one of the easiest way to enjoy the benefits of such a powerful sprout. And I have been hearing the same thing too. So I am trying my best to add them to the daily meals.. At least once in a while.. Would love to grow them myself but am hesitant to do that..so for now, they are store bought.. better than nothing

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      burgessvillian 7 years ago

      I have eaten alfalfa before in salads. I should get back to it. Sprouting has become a really big thing these days. I have read that plants such as beans, alfalfa and broccoli are even more nutritious in the sprout form.

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      aishu19 7 years ago

      @WildFacesGallery: thats interesting...and growing your own sprouts is preety easy. i hope the techniques and list of supplies that I listed would be helpful

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      Mona 7 years ago from Iowa

      Really interesting. We grow organic alfalfa hay for horses so my husband often goes and grazes in the fields. :) We should try growing our own sprouts since the store bought kind are packed with chemicals. Great lens!

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      aishu19 7 years ago

      @LadyFlashman: It actually is very nice to eat.. I am not sure about UK,but maybe speciality grocery stores might carry them? Or if nothing else, you could buy the supplements and get similar benefits..might not be the same..but surely better than nothing.

      There are also ways you can grow it at home..maybe i would add a section on that in the coming days.

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      LadyFlashman 7 years ago from United Kingdom

      I have always wondered what Alfalfa was like to eat, it isn't that easy to get hold of in the UK. I think it sounds very healthy, perhaps I should try to grow some. I enjoyed reading this lens, educational and nicely put together, I look forward to reading more of your healthy lenses.

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      aishu19 7 years ago

      @myraggededge: Thank you so much for your kind comments. And you certainly should. Its easy to add into your eating style and is actually quite delicious.

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      myraggededge 7 years ago

      Nice looking lens and very informative. I've never tried alfalfa - but I'd like to after reading this. 5*s