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Learn How Alfalfa Benefits You
Alfalfa benefits us in so many ways. These sprouts make a great addition to many delicious dishes and also has much medicinal value and helps prevent and manage a wide variety of illnesses. They are also known to help one maintain their skin quality, age and overall health very effectively. Let us now look at what Alfalfa is, how alfalfa benefits us, and how they help us prevent or manage certain diseases.
Find out how something as simply as alfalfa can make us healthier today. It is easy to enjoy some good tasty alfalfa and enjoy their health benefits.
Botanical Name - Medicago Sativa
Family - Papilioaceae
Description - A leguminous herb that grows up to 50cm.
The plant consist of green leaves and purplish flowers.
Nicknames - "King of Kings" of Plants & "Father of all foods".
Other Names - Lucerne, Chilean clover and buffalo grass.
Native - Europe.
Alfalfa Benefits to our Health - Learn more about the Goodness of Alfalfa
Alfalfa is rich in Vitamins A,B,C,D,E,G and K. It also contains a rich and quality balance of minerals such as calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, chlorine, sodium, potassium and silicon.
Alfalfa has more protein and less carbohydrate when compared to grains like wheat and corn. Proteins in alfalfa contain some essential amino acids like arginine, lysine, theronine and tryptophane, which would supplement any defiencies within one's diet. Alfalfa also contains saponin, a compound that reduces the bad cholestrol and fats.
Alfalfa is also one of the richest source of dietery fibre and chlorophyl. There is also a high concentration of highly active antioxidants that would prevent DNA destruction and slow down the process of aging.
Enjoy Alfalfa Benefits in Supplements - Alfalfa Supplements For All
Although it is best to consume alfalfa in its natural form, there are alfalfa supplements that can be used to allow everyone to enjoy the health benefits of alfalfa. The alfalfa supplements that are listed here come in the form of capsules and powder. Remember something is better than nothing.
Alfalfa Capsules for Good Health
Learn how to grow Alfalfa Sprouts at Home - Video to Teach How to Grow Alfalfa Sprouts
The best way to enjoy alfalfa benefits the whole year round would be by growing alfalfa sprouts in your own home. It isn't too difficult and mostly, the alfalfa sprouts would be fresh!
This is a nice video I found on YouTube explaining how to sprout alfalfa seeds on your own.
Supplies Needed to Grow Alfalfa Sprouts
Use a Sprouting Kit to Grow your own Alfalfa
Alfalfa Benefits for our Heart - Alfalfa is Good For the Heart
Heart disorders is defined as a collective term that describes diseases affecting the heart. Some examples are coronary heart disease, cardiomyopathy, cardiovascular disease, ischaemic heart disease, heart failure, hypertensive heart disease, inflammatory heart disease and valvular heart disease. Heart disorders have been declared as one of the biggest cause of death within United States, Canada, England and Wales. In 2007, these heart disorders were known to kill one person every 34 seconds in the US alone.
Alfalfa consumed as a juice has been effective to prevent or manage problems pertaining to the heart and arteries. The juice made from fresh alfalfa leaves are the most effective in achieving this benefit, However, since they are very potent, it is best to consume this with carrot juice. That way, the benefits of both carrot and alfalfa juices are experienced at once.
The leaves and sprouts of Alfalfa are known to help lower the blood cholestrol and reduce the amount of plague that deposited on artery walls. Saponins found in alfalfa leaves are known to lower plasma cholesterol, reduce intestinal absorption of cholesterol, and prevent atherosclerosis.
Alfalfa Helps with Respiratory System - Alfalfa Benefits those with Respiratory Disorders
Respiratory diseases are essentialy diseases that affect the lungs. These include diseases of the lung, pleural cavity, bronchial tubes, trachea, upper respiratory tract and of the nerves and muscles of breathing. Some examples of respiratory diseases are Asthma, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), Cystic Fibrosis, Bronchiolitis and Asbestosis.
Common forms of treatment for these disorders are
4. Mechanical Ventilation
6. Surgery (in very severe/serious cases)
Alfalfa is a great source of chlorophyll, especially when in the form of a juice. Chlorophyll provides magnesium and helps the blood carry essential oxygen to the tissues and cells in our body. It also helps treat any infections caused and is regarded as a good dietery supplement for smokers as chlorophyll helps neutralize that toxins (poison) inhaled everyday. A great supplement for passive smokers too,I guess.
Thus, with its abundance of chlorophyll, alfalfa would help in respiratory problems and discomforts like sinusitis.
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How Do You Add Alfalfa Into Your Meals? - Enjoy Alfalfa benefits every time you eat!
** Sprinkle generous amounts of sprouts on sandwich fillings, soups and salads (My favorite)
** Consume the juice extracted from alfalfa leaves. It would help if this juice is mixed with carrot juice as it might get too intense.
** Alfalfa tea made from alfalfa seeds and dried alfalfa leaves.
Get Some Alfalfa Sandwich Recipes here.
Make an Alfalfa Smoothie - A Green Smoothie You Can Try
This is a neat way of enjoying a whole amount of alfalfa and the benefits of other greens and fruits. In the form of alfalfa juice
How To Make Alfalfa Tea? - Learn how to make alfalfa tea at home
1. Boil alfalfa seeds in a pan with a lid on for 30 mins.
2. Add lemongrass or mint while boiling for added flavor.
3. Strain or squeeze the seeds dry.
4. Allow it to cool
5. Add some water
6. Add honey for taste if desired.
Normally 2 cups of tea a day is sufficient for most conditions. Normally, anything more than that could result in bloating.
Once again, please do consult a doctor before beginning an alfalfa tea regimen...
Enjoy great health with Alfalfa!
I do hope that you have learned more about alfalfa benefits. What is your favorite way of taking your daily dose of alfalfa for good health? Please do share any comments and thank you for reading!
Would You Add Alfalfa For Better Health? - Do You Thinks Alfalfa has Heath Benefits?
poetryman6969 on January 20, 2015:
There are times when it seems that there are not enough hours in the day nor days in the week to consume everything that is supposed to be good for you but thanks for adding to the list!
evanscharles09 on July 14, 2014:
Hello!!This alfalfa natural herb is very nice information..Thank you for this because i get more idea about this topic...
TheCozyDinosaur on October 14, 2013:
I've been wondering about alfalfa when I pass it in the grocery store. Thanks for answering some questions.
yourlocalpt on July 15, 2013:
i heard about Alfalfa, my friend introduce some benefits of Alfalfa and it looks interesting that's why i made some search. thanks for your article and it helps me to have more knowledge about this Alfalfa.
faye durham on May 21, 2013:
Great to know. I enjoyed reading your lens. Congratulations on editor of the day feature.
RinchenChodron on May 20, 2013:
Thanks for this reminder. Haven't been eating my sprouts, have no idea why, but I'm off to the store.
Echo Phoenix on May 20, 2013:
Love your lens! will have to try Alfalfa Tea :) Namaste`
LadyDuck on April 30, 2013:
I grow my sprouts because I know they are very good for your health, but I did not know Alfalfa were good for respiratory system. Great lens.
anonymous on February 01, 2013:
I never knew this about Alfalfa. Great to know! Thank you!
TapIn2U on January 19, 2013:
I've heard so much about these amazing sprouts. I'd like to try the smoothie. Very much enjoyed the video. Fantastic lens! Sundae ;-)
knitstricken on January 11, 2013:
Terrific Lens! I knew alfalfa sprouts and such are good for you but I had no idea HOW good! Wow! And thanks!
tamjo5 on December 24, 2012:
Thank You! I need the videos they are so helpful.
cjbmeb14 lm on December 09, 2012:
The Alfalfa juice with carrot juice sounds interesting.
askformore lm on December 06, 2012:
Thank you for sharing these health tips.
anonymous on July 23, 2012:
I used alfalfa in my smoothies
Chazz from New York on June 19, 2012:
I like adding the sprouts to sandwiches best.
sukkran trichy from Trichy/Tamil Nadu on May 07, 2011:
i am using alfalfa regularly. thanks for the alfalfa sandwich recipes.it is new to me.
akumar46 lm on May 05, 2011:
Nice lens and useful information about Alfalfa.Thanks.
norma-holt on April 14, 2011:
This is a great lens on an important topic. Top marks and featured this on The Hideous Side of Diabetes.
Heather Burns from Wexford, Ireland on March 31, 2011:
Really love this lens about Alfalfa! I grow my own too. Blessed.
Sheilamarie from British Columbia on March 25, 2011:
I used to sprout alfalfa seeds in my kitchen and add the sprouts to salads and sandwiches. I haven't for a while, though, but this lens makes me realize that I should start again. Thanks for all the information about the benefits of alfalfa. I didn't realize how healthy it is!
oztoo lm on March 20, 2011:
I knew Alfalfa was good but I didn't realize the extent of the benefits. I love it in salads and sandwiches.
Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on March 20, 2011:
Very nice. I haven't tried alfalfa, but heard of all the benefits.
pacrapacma lm on February 25, 2011:
My kids like alfalfa, but they make a mess with it. I have bought it in lately for this reason. I guess I should with the health benefits. Adding alfalfa to a smoothie is a good idea to get it in the diet of people who don't care for the taste or texture. Nice lens.
Leanne Chesser on December 21, 2010:
Yum. I love alfalfa. My favorite is to put a heaping pile on sandwiches, or in wraps or pitas.
ICanCook on November 14, 2010:
I sprout Alfalfa for my sandwich and salad but I had no idea it was such a valuable health aide. Thanks for the info,
anonymous on November 08, 2010:
I had no idea there were so many benefits of eating alfalfa and as usually, the natural way is the best way! Thank you!
anonymous on October 14, 2010:
Great lens topic and great info. Alfalfa is chook full of good nutrients.
aishu19 on September 30, 2010:
@FanfrelucheHubs: they do taste good on sandwiches
Nathalie Roy from France (Canadian expat) on September 30, 2010:
I do add sprouted alfalfa to sandwiches from time to time. I love the taste.
aishu19 on September 21, 2010:
@thesuccess2: I am glad you learned something about alfalfa.I hope you like it too
thesuccess2 on September 21, 2010:
Never heard of it before this lens, but must try it, I just love anything unusual & healthy
aishu19 on September 05, 2010:
@aesta1: These are good on an omelette...I do hope you enjoy the alfalfa smoothie too
Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on September 05, 2010:
I sometimes grow my own alfalfa and enjoy it for omelette but I have not tried it in a smoothie. Great incentive to grow some again.
aishu19 on July 28, 2010:
@Faye Rutledge: I am glad that you love it so now you would put extra more in your sandwiches
Faye Rutledge from Concord VA on July 28, 2010:
I like alfalfa sprouts on a sandwich, but never knew it was so healthy!
aishu19 on July 27, 2010:
@ItsYourLife: Thank you... and I am off to check out the forum now :)
ItsYourLife on July 27, 2010:
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aishu19 on June 28, 2010:
@anonymous: Glad you liked it. Thanks Monavie
anonymous on June 28, 2010:
world best fruit juice monavie
aishu19 on May 25, 2010:
@burgessvillian: Adding alfalfa to salads is one of the easiest way to enjoy the benefits of such a powerful sprout. And I have been hearing the same thing too. So I am trying my best to add them to the daily meals.. At least once in a while.. Would love to grow them myself but am hesitant to do that..so for now, they are store bought.. better than nothing
burgessvillian on May 25, 2010:
I have eaten alfalfa before in salads. I should get back to it. Sprouting has become a really big thing these days. I have read that plants such as beans, alfalfa and broccoli are even more nutritious in the sprout form.
aishu19 on April 30, 2010:
@WildFacesGallery: thats interesting...and growing your own sprouts is preety easy. i hope the techniques and list of supplies that I listed would be helpful
Mona from Iowa on April 30, 2010:
Really interesting. We grow organic alfalfa hay for horses so my husband often goes and grazes in the fields. :) We should try growing our own sprouts since the store bought kind are packed with chemicals. Great lens!
aishu19 on April 14, 2010:
@LadyFlashman: It actually is very nice to eat.. I am not sure about UK,but maybe speciality grocery stores might carry them? Or if nothing else, you could buy the supplements and get similar benefits..might not be the same..but surely better than nothing.
There are also ways you can grow it at home..maybe i would add a section on that in the coming days.
LadyFlashman from United Kingdom on April 14, 2010:
I have always wondered what Alfalfa was like to eat, it isn't that easy to get hold of in the UK. I think it sounds very healthy, perhaps I should try to grow some. I enjoyed reading this lens, educational and nicely put together, I look forward to reading more of your healthy lenses.
aishu19 on April 14, 2010:
@myraggededge: Thank you so much for your kind comments. And you certainly should. Its easy to add into your eating style and is actually quite delicious.
myraggededge on April 14, 2010:
Nice looking lens and very informative. I've never tried alfalfa - but I'd like to after reading this. 5*s