Alfalfa, not just for livestock

 

Alfalfa sprouts are small but mighty...

The benefits of alfalfa - Naturally Botanicals

Alfalfa, while known as a livestock feed,

Can also help humans with what we need

It’s said it can improve cardiovascular health

Perhaps offer some digestive fiber wealth

And can be grown at home from a little seed!

Alfalfa, also known as medicago sativa, is one of the oldest cultivated plants. Hay is made from alfalfa; its made by allowing the plants to grown until their early bloom, then they’re harvested dried and cured. It’s also a highly nutritious food for humans, and has been used an herbal medicine for at least 1500 years!


The benefits of alfalfa - Naturally Botanicals

In China, it’s used as an appetite stimulant and as a treatment for digestive disorders, especially ulcers.


Ancient Indian texts show that Alfalfa seeds and sprouts were prescribed for improving blood cell production and its leaves and stems as a good source of proteins and minerals. Ayurvedic medicine used it as an herbal treatment for ulcers, to alleviate the pain of arthritis, and a treatment for fluid retention.


Alfalfa sprouts are small but mighty. They contain a concentration of a variety of vitamins and minerals including potassium, iron, protein, beta carotene, chlorophyll, and flavonoids that are thought to help provide the following health benefits:

  • improving digestive health
  • reducing inflammation
  • enhancing kidney function
  • improving cardiovascular health 
  • and faster wound healing

Scientific research confirms the effectiveness of medicago sativa as a natural treatment for high cholesterol. Studies have shown that alfalfa may reduce blood sugar levels due to its high manganese content.


Chicken Salad Sandwich with Alfalfa Feta and Mint Food and Wine Magazine | naturallybotanicals.comThis Chicken Salad Sandwich with Feta and Mint (and alfalfa added for good measure!) is from Food and Wine Magazine. (or click here for more recipes)


 

 


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