Alfalfa is our superhero! Why you ask? Because it has so many benefits. It has been shown to help lower cholesterol and may also help with blood sugar management and relieving symptoms of menopause. [Yah ladies!] We’re going to talk through the 6 Benefits of Superfood Alfalfa for a Healthy Body.
Alfalfa is a fiber-rich food. It may also help to control blood sugar levels by slowing the absorption of glucose into the intestines. As a result, it may help to control diabetes and pre-diabetes. Alfalfa features an extremely dense nutritional profile. It is packed with Vitamins, A, C and K as well as Vitamin B-related choline. Because of all this goodness, we suggest finding ways to add this superfood to your daily diet. Perhaps, add it to a smoothie, salad, soup or any stir fry or veggie heavy dish. Just add it to something. Keep reading to further understand why.
1. Help Lower Cholesterol
Alfalfa is rich in saponins. These may help reduce serum cholesterol levels by binding bile salts with cholesterol in the body. A study conducted on monkeys found that saponins in this plant decreased the blood cholesterol percentage. However, long-term studies are needed to understand this benefit for humans.
2. Help Control Blood Sugar Levels
The anti-diabetic and diuretic properties of alfalfa keep the spiking sugar levels under control. A study conducted by Cairo University found that alfalfa sprouts decreased the high glucose levels in diabetic animals. A mice study conducted by the University of Ulster shows that alfalfa has anti-hyperglycemic, insulin-like, and insulin-releasing properties that may help treat diabetes. The sprouts may also improve metabolic health. However, more studies are required to observe similar benefits in humans.
3. Help Relieve Menopause Symptoms
Alfalfa is rich in phytoestrogens. This property can counter the symptoms of menopause. The effect is because phytoestrogens are chemically similar to the estrogen hormone and are available in two types, namely, alfalfa-coumestrol and genistein. A study conducted by the University of Siena on 30 menopausal women found that a particular product based on alfalfa extracts was able to treat menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, vaginal dryness, and night sweats. Can we get an amen y’all?
4. Treat Liver Damage
Alfalfa extracts are able to help reconstruct damaged liver. The release of liver enzymes into the blood could be one reason for liver damage. Oral administration of extracts (250 mg/kg) was found to reduce liver enzyme concentration in the blood.
5. Benefits for Hair Growth
The protein in alfalfa may promote hair growth. By including the grains, seeds, and sprouts of alfalfa in your diet may provide you with adequate protein needed for healthy hair. It contains vitamins B1, B6, and C that may promote hair health. Vitamin C, especially, fights free radical damage and may help slow down the associated hair loss. The nutrient may also help in improving the circulation of blood in the scalp and hair follicles.
6. Help with Upset Stomach
Anecdotal evidence suggests that the dietary fiber in alfalfa may help treat several digestive problems. Some of these may include constipation, bloating, gastritis, and nausea. Although, there is no scientific evidence to prove this claim. As you can see there are a lot of different benefits to building it into your daily diet. And you guessed it, we have this lovely herb in our store by way of our teas and our powders. Stop in or go online to get your daily dose.
Today, most people are probably familiar with alfalfa as a food source in its sprouted form. This plant is more than a salad bar staple, however. Used as the basis for liquid chlorophyll, this plant mimics the chemical and mineral constituents in hemoglobin. It also contains high levels of vitamin K, beta carotene, fluoride, and an appreciable amount of calcium. These nutritive properties are employed by modern herbalists in cases of convalescence, poor appetite, inability to gain weight, and anorexia nervosa (Chevalier, 2007). Alfalfa is also used to support arthritis, intestinal complaints, troubled skin, liver problems, diabetes, high cholesterol, and cancer (Ritchason, 1995).
Items in store with Alfalfa:
Mama T-Post Herbal Tea Blend
Organic Alfalfa by the ounce
HealthForce green blends
There are many ways you can incorporate this lovely plant into your diet. And if you are wondering, yes… it does smell very grassy!!! That’s the beauty of consuming what the Earth has provided us.
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