It's Botanically known as Medicago Sativa!
Alfalfa is a plant that is cultivated as a forage, and consumed by humans as a supplement too. A cluster of beautiful little purple flowers, different parts of the plant are used in different ways. While seeds and dried leaves are used in food supplements, sprouted seeds are used in sandwiches and salads as garnishes and dressing! Native to Central and South Asia, the plant can be grown around the globe in temperate climates!
The word ‘Alfalfa’ means King/Father of all foods
Some amazing benefits
- The heart caring feature of Saponin in alfalfa helps in reducing Cholesterol, and lessens effects of diabetes on heart.
- Alfalfa Helps in lowering blood sugar levels, improving insulin functions, and playing a vital role in controlling high blood sugar levels.
- The enzymes present in Alfalfa makes it nature's anti-inflammatory, and is used to reduce bone joint inflammation.
- Being alkaline in nature, it increases the alkaline balance in one’s body, turning urine less acidic and preventing urinary tract infection.
- With its mild antibiotic effects and vitamin A properties it keeps both external as well as internal skin healthy.
Frequently asked questions
● Who should not take Alfalfa?
Due to ongoing research on its certain properties, children, pregnant women, older adults and people with compromised immune systems are advised to avoid consumption of Alfalfa.
● What are the popular uses of Alfalfa?
Popularly the plant is used for feeding livestock animals, and as a food supplement for humans. The plant is a rich source of calcium thus used in medicines for arthritis, cholesterol and diabetes.
● Is Alfalfa good for bones?
Yes, the plant contains higher amounts of calcium that strengthens bones, with vitamin K that knits calcium better and avoids it flowing towards arteries. Also it reduces the bone joint inflammation.
● How should one consume Alfalfa?
Alfalfa seed sprouts can be eaten in salads and in garnish for sandwiches, its dried leaves and seeds are used in supplements, which can be consumed as tablets and drinks.
Interesting facts about Alfalfa
- Alfalfa is also known as “Buffalo Herb”.
- The roots of alfalfa grow deep in soil and increase the nitrogen levels, reducing soil erosion.
- Alfalfa was the highest cultivated forage in 2000.
- Historians believe alfalfa to be first cultivated around 8000 years ago. Alfalfa is the highest researched forage.