Alfalfa is commonly thought of in the United States as food for horses and other grazing, livestock animals.Most people don’t generally consider the health and potential medicinal benefits of alfalfa.However, there are many basic health benefits that alfalfa can provide from a nutritional point of view, and it boasts of various benefits as a medicine as well.Particularly when related to cholestorol and possibly blood sugar,alfalfa may prove to be a very helpful herb indeed.
In the pages of history, the use of alfalfa dates back to over 3000 years.The first reference of alfalfa was made in Turkey back in 1,300 B.C. It was introduced to the rest of the world by the Chinese while they conquered Eastern Asia, the Romans in Western Asia and Europe and the Spanish passed it on to the new world in the 1500’s and used it as fodder for their horses. It is also known by its common name in Europe: Lucerne.
Despite the fact that alfalfa is generally considered as a plant to feed the livestock, it has some significant health benefits.
In comparison with most of the other plants, Alfalfa is high on nutritional value.
This is due in part to its deep root system, which allows it to capture and use nutrients that are far deeper in the earth than many other plants are able to get to.
Therefore, it is rich in vitamins A, B1, B6, K, C, and E. Folic acid, calcium, potassium, zinc, and magnesium are also found in alfalfa.One of the biggest nutritional benefits of alfalfa is it has an extremely high protein content. It is a fact that alfalfa in one of a kind with more protein than any other plant in the world, with about 20% of dry alfalfa being pure protein. It is also high on a variety of amino acids. These recent revelations about the nutritional benefits of alfalfa have popularized the plant for human as well as livestock consumption.
With respect to the uses of alfalfa as a medicine, the research is still in the primary stages,but anecdotal evidence and some limited studies show alfalfa has some definate benefits when it comes to cholesterol.It apparently has the ability to reduce the levels of bad cholesterol in the body while maintaining the levels of good cholesterol. Another important benefit is with respect to high blood sugar… the presence of manganese in high concentration helps in lowering the blood sugar levels considerably. So, alfalfa may be a helpful aspect of a high blood pressure diet plan that works. Alternately, alfalfa alone can act as one of several good herbal remedies for high blood pressure.
Right from the olden days, alfalfa has been used as a remedial measure for cough and asthma, and it has been used to boost the immune system.This may simply be because it is so nutritious, it enables the immune system (and the rest of the body) to operate in a more effective manner. It looks like alfalfa might be one of several flu herbal remedies.
It is also used as a diuretic to remove excess water from the body, but this function does not find much support from any clinical evidence.
So, alfalfa may be a very useful for a variety of medical goals. Firstly, it is highly nutritious, and secondly, it can be an herb that keeps your heart healthy, with a potential beneficial effect on diabetics.