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Health Benefits and Uses of Alfalfa

Support for Heart Health

 

Alfalfa Background and Benefits

alfafaAlfalfa, known scientifically as Medicago sativa, is a flowering plant in the Fabaceae family, which includes peas. It is more commonly known as lucerne in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and the United Kingdom. Alfalfa generally resembles clover and has purple flowers that grow in small clusters. Its spiralled fruit contains 10 to 20 seeds.

Alfalfa probably originates from south-central Asia and has been used as a forage crop for more than 2,000 years. It was first cultivated in Iran, although it is now cultivated in warm, temperate regions throughout the world. Alfalfa is usually harvested as hay, but it may also be stored as silage or used as greenchop.

The primary value of alfalfa as a crop is the combination of its high yield and nutritional value. It usually has the best feeding value and highest yield of all forage crops in areas where it is well-adapted. Alfalfa is also highly resistant to drought due to its deep root system.

Alfalfa’s high protein content and digestible fiber makes it especially valuable for dairy cows. It is also useful for beef cattle, goats, horses and sheep. Dehydrated alfalfa and concentrated alfalfa are frequently used to feed poultry. Alfalfa is also edible by humans, and the young sprouts are often added to sandwiches and salads.

Alfalfa is particularly beneficial when taken with a number of vitamins and minerals. The process of preparing alfalfa for this purpose generally consists of dehydrating the leaves and grinding them into a powder. Alfalfa is available in several forms, including loose powder, tablets and tea.

Uses of Alfalfa

The high level of essential nutrients in alfalfa extract is of the reasons it works so well in proprietary supplement blends. It may also benefit people who need extra support to manage healthy cholesterol levels, symptoms of menopause or blood health.

Healthy cholesterol profile

 

Alfalfa may help to maintain a healthy cholesterol profile by inhibiting the absorption of cholesterol in the digestive tract. This action may be due to the presence of saponins in alfalfa leaves.

Menopause management

 

The phytoestrogens in alfalfa may allow it to manage the symptoms of menopause. Alfalfa also contains isoflavones that may provide estrogen-like effects.

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Healthy blood function

 

Alfalfa contains coumarin derivatives that may inhibit platelet aggregation. This property can support heart health.

General nutrition

 

Alfalfa is high in essential nutrients such as B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E and vitamin K.

Signs You May Need Alfalfa

An unhealthy cholesterol profile and accumulation of fatty plaque in the arterial walls is one of the most significant signs that you may need alfalfa.

You may also benefit from alfalfa if you are experiencing menopausal symptoms.

Additional signs that you should take alfalfa include the symptoms of various nutritional deficiencies. In particular, a vitamin D deficiency may mean that you need sun-dried alfalfa.

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Other Ingredients That May Be Of Interest

Choline Bitartrate - Brain health support is the primary reason to take choline bitartrate supplements, due to choline’s role in the biosynthesis of acetylcholine. Choline also supports healthy inflammation management, heart health and liver health.

Milk Thistle - Milk thistle extract is commonly taken to maintain liver functions. Additional uses of milk thistle extract include support for the digestive system, maintenance of healthy cholesterol levels and management of menopausal symptoms.

Synonyms and Similar Forms of Alfafa

Medicago sativa, lucerne