The Alfalfa Superfood! Alfalfa Health Benefits

Dec 25, 2016

Alfalfa - it's got a funny name, and we mostly associate it with livestock forage, but this simple legume in the pea family of plants is a genuine superfood. Alfalfa is rich in several vitamins and minerals including potassium, phosphorus, biotin, folic acid, iron, and calcium as well as vitamins A, C, E, all the B vitamins, and vitamin K4 with the addition of a rather large portion of protein for a plant source. However, various isoflavones in alfalfa may offer the most exciting health benefits.

Alfalfa is also known as lucerne and has the scientific moniker of Medicago sativa. It is a flowering, perennial legume favoring warmer climates. Most of the plant is used nutritionally and medicinally, including seeds, leaves, and sprouts. Alfalfa sprouts (easily grown at home and ready to eat in 3-4 days) and alfalfa powder have become the most popular forms for use as a nutritional supplement. However, when growing sprouts always be careful about cleanliness and cross-contamination, as salmonella or e. coli infections are always a concern.

Discover Alfalfa Sprouts & Alfalfa Powder Benefits for Health!

Those previously mentioned isoflavones perform roles as antioxidants and phytoestrogens within the body, fighting cancer and other bodily damage - with strong indicators in the prevention of breast cancer. However, the best evidence for alfalfa supports the use of alfalfa seeds to lower cholesterol by blocking cholesterol absorption, with a positive effect on total cholesterol and LDL levels. Alfalfa supplements are also used for urinary health, digestive health, diabetes, arthritis, and other health conditions. However, it should be noted that long-time, continuous dietary intake of alfalfa sprouts can cause a lupus-like syndrome.1

References:
1http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/39/6/917.full.pdf+html



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Posted by Ag (England) on 04/18/2012
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Alfalfa is a great immune system booster and if the boils you previously had, had been contracted by bacteria getting into your skin via a cut and your immune system wasn't strong enough to fight it, then that's why the alfalfa is working for you now! Alfalfa is a wonderful plant.


Posted by Janet (Poynette, Wi Usa) on 11/28/2010
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Years ago I used to have recurring boils. I started taking alfalfa tablets daily and have never had one since.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome  

Posted by Jemster (Wisconsin) on 07/19/2013

I've suffered from chronic fatigue last 3yrs and had miserable infections along with it. Can't see doctors anymore due to wasting my money on them before with no luck. I no longer can work and still try to recover on my own. I take DHEA and it has boosted my energy levels a lot. But only downfall is my brain fog is still happening every single day. I heard Alfalfa is good for pituitary gland and can nourish the body back to health. Perhaps this could help me too? I've tried a lot of things from Vitamins to herbs to meds. Nothing has helped but DHEA after 3yrs but there is still NOTHING helping my brain fog. Not even aceytl l cysteine. Not a healthier diet or more exercise. It's like I'm cursed and I should die off soon. But I'm going to try Alfalfa anyway and see what happens. Do you have comments on Alfalfa helping adrenal fatigue???

Replied by Joy
Battleground, Wash
07/20/2013

Coconut oil helps the brain utilize glucose.... Start slow if you use it , it regulates blood sugar, fights fungus / bacteria/ microbes / virus

Drinking water half an hour before eating or drinking nutrients helps the body process the nutrients and hydrates the body and brain

Lecithin helps with memory and also B-12

Magnesium helps with almost everything because food is deficient in it becaue of the soil depletion and fertilizers cause the plants to be unable to take it up from the soil... there are many types , try an epsom salt bath and see if you feel better.

Low vitamin D can cause multiple health problems

Low progesterone in women can also cause a lot of health problems as we age... Dairy and meat and poultry have hormones in them throwing our hormones out of balance and hormones affect the brain.

Replied by Rex
Sarasota, Fl
12/24/2016

Dear sir,

Please don't lose hope. You are on the write track. Put good things in your body and take bad things out and you will begin to do better.

1. Detox and 2. take healthy bacteria. Don't give up. Be resourceful and you will have victory!!!
There is some cheaper ways to detox if you can't afford to spend. Go on juice fasts!!! (be reasonable so you don't get discouraged) Start with a few days of a juice fast if thats all you can take. If you have discipline to go 4 days then go 4 days. Juice organic carrots, beet, celery, garlic, and add other vegies too if you want. Do a colon cleanse first, then a kidney cleanse, and then a liver detox. Don't give up. You will have victory!!!

Consider trying to find a holistic doctor to do a glutathione IV therapy. Do one glutathione IV and you may find huge results in it if is toxic related. Also, another IV therapy practice suggests Vitamin C IV for Chronic Fatigue Syndrom. They say that this type IV is having effective results. (learn to adminster IV's on your own for a much cheaper method)(must be bold for this and do it very safely).

Consider infared sauna for detoxing if you can find one and afford it. But sitting in a hot attack can help you sweat a lot too. Be resourceful. (becareful) brainstorm, research and have hope. There are many ways to detoxify. Use more than one. Use more than two ways.

I also had major brain fog at one time, and I so happened to read Jordan Rubens book Patient Heal thyself. This is probably a major answer for you. By going to the doctor you mayhave killed a large amount of the healthy bacteria in your gut. (They do not warn us about these things)!! I may have experienced the same brain fog.

I started taking somthing called homeostatic soil organisms. Also known as, healthy bacteria. I took a huge amount. I purchased a large bottle of 240 tablets and took 8 a day. I felt funny for several days, but I kept taking them. My brain fog was one. My body came back into balance and the good bacteria was responsible.

I've also personally experienced memory loss at a young age. I read an article in Life Extension magazine on Magnesium Threonate and how it was helping old people to have better memory within 21 days. I started to take it and my memory improved in 2 weeks time.


Gout  

Posted by Karl (Digby, Nova Scotia, Canada) on 01/08/2011

Could the use of Alfalfa tablets, benefit someone with gout, or could a gout flareup be caused by the iron content in the Alfalfa or in any other iron rich food source, if a person were to have to much iron in their body. Thank you, healthy248(at)gmail(dot)com

Hair Growth  

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Posted by Candy (Riverdale, NY) on 07/07/2008
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I used Alfajuice (manufactured by Solaray) supplements along with carrot and lettuce juice for about 6 weeks and I have noticed a increased growth in the length of my hair. The side effect is weight gain.


Kidney Stones  

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Posted by Kathy (West Salem, IL) on 11/15/2006
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I took Shaklee's Alfalfa for my kidney stones. I had 3 large ones and Dr was set to blast them.Did a Cat Scan to locate them and was shocked to find them gone. He gave God the credit but I did drink lots of water and took 20 4 times a day of Alfalfa. Had read that someone else had done this and it worked for them. It worked for me too. For the bleeding I had in my first experience I have learned that Magnesium relieves that. I drank lots of water too. It cured 3 stones that the doctor described as bigger than a 50 cent piece. I really like the idea of the lemon juice and olive oil. But I tried that and like others it did not work for me. But appreciated knowing this to share with others that might find it works for them.

Morgellon's  

Posted by Izzy3 (Vero Beach, Fl) on 02/05/2010

Morgellons cure

A woman named Daisy Baleen claimed she was cured by alfalfa tablets and sun detergent, she also said she took alfalfa internally, however hers is the only case I have ever read on the net that has spoken of success with this, has anyone on the forum or at Earth Clinic ever heard of ANYONE else who has been cured or helped by taking Alfalfa, I'm afraid to use it due to having the insect type morgellons, and we all know bugs LOVE alfalfa !!!

Non-GMO Alfalfa  

Posted by David (AK, US) on 06/07/2014

Are there sources of Non GMO Alfalfa tablets?

Replied by Darah
Morrison, Colorado
11/18/2016

Shaklee Alfa is definitely NON GMO! Darah Velesbir Shaklee distributer ZD11695


Side Effects  

Posted by Foundations4health (Houston, Tx) on 10/08/2011

In response to alfalfa causing lupus. It was my understanding that an amino acid known as L-canavanine is known to cause lupus like symptoms in those who have not been diagnosed with lupus. It has also been known to cause flare ups in those who have been diganosed with lupus. Alfalfa seeds and sprouts have high levels of this amino acid but the leaves have far lower levels.

So, it is not that alfalfa causes lupus but that a protein in alfalfa has been know to cause lupus like symptoms. This amino acid can be found in other foods.

I would say that the health benefits of alfalfa are well documented and favorable when used in moderation. If you have been diagnosed with lupus, an alternative to alfalfa might be the best route for you.