Alfalfa Powder - Usage & Health Benefits
For centuries, Alfalfa was used by Arabs as horse feed and they eventually became so convinced of its health benefits for humans that they named the grass "Al-Fal-Fa", which means "Father of Foods". Alfalfa Powder is derived from the perennial flowering plant, of the pea family, that originated in Asia. It is a readily available source of this miraculous herb that is being increasingly sought out in the west as a health supplement and for its purported healing abilities. More about the uses and benefits in the following sections:
Uses of Alfalfa Powder
Since the sixth century, different parts of the alfalfa plant have been used in Chinese medicine to treat several health conditions. Alfalfa Powder is endowed with innumerable health promoting nutrients like fibre, vitamin A, carotene, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin K. It is also one of the richest sources of minerals like calcium, potassium, iron, and zinc.
It possesses antibacterial, antifungal, antioxidant, and infection fighting properties. It is used as a detoxifier and cleanser. Alfalfa powder can also be used to treat arthritis, diabetes, digestive problems, weight loss, ulcers, kidney ailments, bladder problems, prostate conditions, asthma, and hay fever. One of the most credible medicinal qualities alfalfa powder is that it is a good galactagogue (promotes lactation). Alfalfa contains alkaloids (stachydrine and l-homo-stachydrine), which are hormone like compounds that may promote production of breast milk in pregnant women. It also reduces symptoms of premenstrual syndrome and menopause among women.
Alfalfa powder consumption is safe for healthy adults, but excessive use of alfalfa powder is contraindicated as it causes the breakdown of red blood cells. As the powder is made from mature leaves, it is devoid of canavanine and hormonally-active saponins, thus can be consumed by pregnant women under medical supervision. People suffering from autoimmune disease (systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)) must not consume any form of alfalfa.
- Used to improve hair growth and reduce balding
- Used as a nutritional supplement for animals
Health Benefits of Alfalfa Powder
- Helps in the management of diabetes – reduces blood sugar and improves insulin secretion
- Aids in improving digestion and assimilation of food
- Improves kidney function and expels fluid retained in the body as it is a diuretic
- Fortifies and cleanses blood – treats mild anemia and restores normal hemoglobin levels
- Reduces risk of heart disease and stroke – lowers cholesterol, decreases intestinal absorption of cholesterol, prevents plaque built up in arteries, softens mature plaques, reduces blood pressure
- Cleanses the colon
- Treats kidney and bladder stones
- Prevents fatigue associated with vitamin, mineral or protein malnutrition
- Reduces appetite thereby promoting weight loss
Fresh Alfalfa leaves are an excellent herbal and nutritional supplement. The can be consumed in the form of juice or as herbal tea to experience its health benefits. Learn more about Alfalfa Leaf Benefits from our article.
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