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Amazing Health Benefits of Alfalfa : The Father of All Foods: Grow Alfalfa Sprouts in Your Home

Updated on January 24, 2015

Father of All Foods

In the west, it is mainly known as alfalfa sprouts, but the leaves of the mature plant are edible and fine just like the seeds. The alfalfa sprouts are well known for their healing power. Alfalfa cures a wide spectrum of diseases. It is a performance enhancer for athletes, its has power to improve impaired thyroid function. It can be used against menopausal hot flashes, strengthens the heart and prevents night blindness, just to name a few.

How did it get that name?

In Latin, it is called Alfalfa Medicago Sativa. The most suggested explanation for the word Medicago is descended from medication because it is a medicinal herb against many diseases. Yet there are those who argue that it grew mainly in the wild around the North African city of Medea and that is why it has got that name. Alfalfa is derived from the Arabic word “al-fac-facah "which means ” Father of All Foods "which refers to the many phytonutrients including a large variety of vitamins and minerals contained in these sprouts.

A little History

In the Bronze Age, in Iran, Alfalfa was given to horses to make them faster. In China in the 6th century BC, alfalfa used as a remedy for digestive diseases and kidney stones. In Ayurveda, the Indian medicine, its written that alfalfa is good against arthritis. From about 400 BC alfalfa was grown as a medicinal food crop in Europe. The American Indians used alfalfa after processing seeds into flour. In folk medicine, it is used as medicinal vegetable: loss of appetite, anemia, digestive problems such as indigestion, stomach pain and promoting breast milk. Nutritionists confirm that alfalfa the most nutrient-rich food in the world.

The Storehouse of Vitamins and Minerals

For the medicinal properties, the whole alfalfa plant can be used or germinated seeds or leaves. Alfalfa contains more vitamins and minerals than any other plant. In the germinated sprouts the vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, B17, C, D, E, K and U are in plenty. It contains the minerals potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, selenium, zinc, boron, silicon, chromium, cobalt,manganese, molybdenum, sodium and aluminum.

14 Amino Acids

There are 14 different amino acids in these vegetables, including eight essential: leucine, Isoleucine, phenylalanine, Valine, tryptophan, methionine, threonine and lysine.

Alfalfa Nutritional Facts
Alfalfa Nutritional Facts

Good for Mental Performance

This medicinal herb is a tonic for the pituitary and thyroid. The combination of vitamins, minerals and amino acids provides an increased TRH hormone and works revitalizing, uplifting and invigorating adaptability. By merging these healing forces in the alfalfa sprouts, it can be prescribed as a phytotherapeutic drug in:

  • Fatigue
  • Lethargy, weakness, loss of energy, reduced performance
  • Weakness of memory, decreased alertness
  • Recovery from illness
  • Decreased thyroid function
  • Elevated prolactin

Alfalfa Health Benefits

Good for Physical Health

This medicinal plant can be used for :

  • Sagging skin, wounds
  • Split hair, brittle nails
  • Osteoporosis, weak bones, cartilage wear
  • Prevention of dental caries
  • Night blindness
  • Increased need for phytonutrients for athletes, young people and pregnant women
  • Breastfeeding: increases both production and quality of milk
  • Malnutrition, impoverished diet, protein deficiency
  • Prevention and cure of scurvy

Alfalfa against Bleeding

Vitamin K, iron and chlorophyll provide extra blood production, it increases the hemoglobin level. Therefore Alfalfa can be used as a medicine for:

  • Anemia
  • Bleeding gums
  • Poor blood clotting
  • Nosebleeds
  • Recovery after bleeding

Alfalfa against Rheumatism and Poisoning

Alfalfa is a mild diuretic. That is, it has a dehydrating effect, excess fluid is excreted rapidly. In addition, it can clean the blood of impurities. In particular, chlorophyll is hereby the active substance. It ensures that heavy metals such as mercury, lead and cadmium, and toxic hydrocarbons, such as PCBs and dioxins are discharged from the body more quickly. It is also deacidifying. Through the combination of these facts, it is an anti-rheumatic agent. Rheumatic diseases are in fact caused by toxins that accumulate in the blood. In herbal medicine the use of alfalfa may be noted as:

  • Edema, prevention of kidney gravel and stones
  • Arthrosis, arthritis, gout
  • Allergy
  • Varicose ulcers
  • Heavy metal poisoning
  • Acidity

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Alfalfa against Menopausal Symptoms

Menopausal Symptoms can be countered with phytoestrogens. This bio-identical hormones are healthier than synthetic hormones. There are three types of phytoestrogens found in alfalfa: genistein, and coumestrol biocanine. In addition, it contains a lot of minerals, which also assists against menopausal symptoms. These medicinal properties make it a good medicine against:

  • Menopausal symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats and vaginal dryness
  • Postmenopausal osteoporosis
  • Lack of menstruation
  • Too low estrogen levels

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Alfalfa against Heart Disease

Arteriosclerosis is virtually the beginning of any cardiovascular disease. Chlorophyll helps prevent calcium from adhering to the walls of the blood vessels. Lime or calcium indeed plays a role in atherosclerosis. In addition to calcium deposits, it can oxidize cholesterol and together with calcium adhere to blood vessel walls. This can be avoided by many antioxidants. Alfalfa is a vegetable that is relatively one of the most antioxidant-rich: it actively helps to prevent arteriosclerosis. In addition, alfalfa is a natural blood thinner, strengthens the rutin present the blood vessels. These medicinal properties make alfalfa to be used against:

  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Poor circulation
  • Weak Heart
  • Increased blood pressure

Good for Digestion

Methyl methinine protects and restores damaged liver, intestine and stomach mucosa. It is a digestion-promoting agent in that it contains enzymes. Chlorophyll has a laxative effect and also deodorizing. Moreover, the germinated alfalfa sprouts are an antispasmodic agent. These medicinal properties of alfalfa helps to get rid of:

  • Anorexia
  • Dyspepsia or difficult digestion
  • Weak stomach, prevention of gastric and duodenal ulcers
  • Constipation, bad breath
  • Stomach cramps

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Alfalfa to Increase Immunity

The many phytonutrients and especially chlorophyll and L-canavanine provide a resistance increasing effect which alfalfa is a vegetable that virtually keeps all diseases at bay. It not only prevents disease, but fights diseases which already leads. In particular, infectious diseases can be combated with the help of these culinary responsible sprouts. It can be used to lower blood sugar, the probability is very high that you need less insulin if you regularly eat alfalfa. For these reasons, the medicinal sprouts are used against:

  • Infection
  • Urinary tract infections
  • Adult-onset diabetes
  • Type II diabetes
  • Prevention of tumors

The protein content in alfalfa is among the highest of any plant, 18.9%. Milk contains only 3.3%, wheat 13.8%, eggs, 13.1% and beef 16.5%. Alfalfa also contains good amounts of calcium, phosphorus and iron.

DIY: Growing Alfalfa Sprouts in Your Home

Buy seeds and grow them yourself, it takes 3-4 days before they are ready and it is much cheaper . Grow in a in a plain large glass jar. It's super easy! Plus, homegrown is always the best.

You will need about 1/3 cup seeds. Start by rinsing them a couple times. Use a thin kitchen towel, linen if you have.

Drain. Always hold the jar upside down so that all the water runs out. Repeat about 2 times a day.

The sprouts after two days, start to grow a little tail. Continue pouring in a little water and place the jar upside down. The sprouts grow best in the dark.

After 4 days the sprouts will be ready. When the sprouts start to get big, you should take them out of the closet and let the sunlight make them green. Then you can eat them.

Storing the seeds in the refrigerator. They stay fresh for about 4 days.

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      Jonathan mpande 7 weeks ago

      can i use alfalfa seed or sprout as food supplement? like i do to moringa? can I feed it to my free range broiler at 100% replacing commercial feed?

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      healthcarepro 3 years ago from Somewhere on Earth

      I m glad that you found this helpful. There are so many benefits of alternative medicine that we don't know about. We just ignore them and rely on 'easily curing' but dreadful pills.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Back again to keep this info fresh in my mind.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I do love the sprouts on my salads and pita sandwiches. If I had time, I would grow them as well. Thank you for the information on benefits.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Awesom! An interesting and informative hub on Alfalfa you explained in detail and the photos are so clearly noted.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      This looks great!! I'm not familiar with Alfalfa seeds but after reading this I'm looking forward to trying it out. Up and sharing.

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      Nithya Venkat 3 years ago from Dubai

      Great information about Alfalfa and how to grow it at home. Informative and useful hub, voted up.

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      Andy James 3 years ago from London

      Great article, although I'm not sure I fancy growing alfalfa sprouts in my house.

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      The Stages Of ME 3 years ago

      Awesome love this so excited to try ~ woderful healthy tips thank you I am pinning and tweeting thanks great hubs

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      That is very interesting! Thank you for sharing! I already tried but was not so successful! I like your idea of the jar!

      Thank you also for the pictures; it's a nice complement to your explainations! I learned a lot also about the proprieties of alfalfa!

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      ologsinquito 3 years ago from USA

      This is an excellent article about alfalfa sprouts. It looks like it's really easy to grow your own sprouts.

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      Audrey Hunt 3 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      Well I'm going to follow you after reading this informative hub about alfalfa. I had no idea it had so many healing properties. Great job and the photos help to bring it all together. Thanks and voted up, useful, amazing, interesting and will pin and share. Audrey