Alfalfa a unique complete food was once known in ancient Arab civilisations as the “Father of all foods”. Scientific studies have revealed that alfalfa contains almost all the known vitamins, minerals and trace elements needed for premium health.
Alfalfa is renowned for its deep root system growing as much as 40 metres into the earth thereby absorbing rare trace elements that most plants do not have an opportunity to absorb. Alfalfa is one of nature's richest sources of nutrients, it is high in chlorophyll and is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, trace minerals, enzymes and all the known vitamins, including beta carotene, K and U.
It is also up to ten times richer in minerals than most cereals. The minerals are in a balanced form and very alkaline they therefore have a neutralizing effect on the intestinal tract allowing it to be properly absorbed. It is commonly used for arthritis, and it is helpful with stomach disorders.
Benefits of Alfalfa:
Alfalfa contains high levels of the B complex vitamins plus A, C, D, E, K, and Biotin. It is also a rich source of protein, choline, inositol and PABA.
Alfalfa is high in fibre and a useful component in weight reduction diets, as its high nutritional value and ability to expand in the stomach reduces appetite. The high calcium intake also offers protection against fat accumulation and therefore enables fat to be used for energy.
For those who don’t need to lose weight alfalfa is of benefit in aiding digestion. It has been recognised by naturopaths as a useful adjunct in the treatment of diabetes, jaundice and kidney complaints, anaemia and rheumatism. Alfalfa, being highly alkaline assists in the control of uric acid, which builds up around the joints, and can be a cause of arthritic pain & gout.
Alfalfa also works as a detoxifier, infection fighter and cleanser, and is particularly noted for its diuretic effect, helping to expel retained fluid from the body. It is good for colon disorders and helps detoxify the liver. Chinese healers in the 6th Century used Alfalfa to treat kidney stones and to relieve fluid retention and swelling.