Alfalfa is a very popular herb but not a lot of people know anything about what healthy benefits you can can get from it and research has proven that those who take Alfalfa may be able to lower any glucose or cholesterol in the blood. You need to be aware that although Alfalfa is normally a very safe herb to eat you might be one of the unlucky percentage that end up with lupus like symptoms. In the seeds and sprouts of Alfalfa, amino acid L-canavanine is present and that is what is thought to cause this response. Luckily the leaves don’t contain this substance. Overall Alfalfa is good for your health.
If you suffer from swelling and fluid retention you might want to take Alfalfa as this is what the Chinese have been doing since the 6th century. The Arabs were the first to find Alfalfa and they named it “the father of all foods.” There are many nutrients to be had in the leaves, including carotene, calcium, potassium and magnesium.
Not only does it work as a diuretic it’s also good as a laxative. It also works well for urinary tract infections, and kidney, bladder and prostrate disorders. A number of studies have been carried out and one of the latest findings is that it can help with cholesterol because there are certain agents in Alfalfa that stick to cholesterol which keeps it from remaining in the blood stream.