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Nutritional Supplements Library Alfalfa

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Alfalfa.(Al-fal-fa means "father of all foods.")


Alfalfa

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Alfalfa is a plant with long history of use around the world as a livestock feed. It is native to Iran, where it was probably domesticated during the Bronze Age to feed horses being brought from Central Asia. The name "Al-fal-fa" meaning "father of all foods" In Arabic. It grows to about 3 feet and has blue- violet flowers that bloom from July to September. Alfalfa is a good source protein (up to 50%), B-complex vitamins and several minerals (calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, iron, and potassium). Alfalfa is also high in fiber a member of the legume group. Alfalfa is one of the few plants that exhibit autotoxicity (toxic to itself). Alfalfa seed will not grow in existing stands of alfalfa because of this. Therefore, alfalfa fields must be cleared or rotated before reseeding.


What is the effective dosage of alfalfa supplementation?

The effective dosage of alfalfa is 1 to3 grams per day with meal.


What are the benefits of alfalfa supplementation?

• Alfalfa Reduces cholesterol and blood sugar levels
• It Promotes general liver health and "detoxifies" the body
• It Relieves pain and stiffness of arthritis/bursitis
• It alleviates postmenopausal side effects (hot flashes)
• It Increases energy levels and reduces fatigue
Scientific or clinical evidence in support for the claimed benefits of alfalfa is still insufficient. Lots of clinical research is required to prove its effects.


What is the side effect of alfalfa supplementation?

There are no reported or expected adverse side effects of alfalfa aside from a potential mild "blood-thinning" effect associated with coumestrol and other phytonutrients.
Cautions-
•Individuals with systemic lupus erythematosus should use it under doctor's supervision.