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Alfalfa is a plant rich in minerals, vitamins and other essential nutrients. It has deep roots that reach down into the earth and absorb essential minerals that can’t be easily accessed. Hence this plant is very important for our daily diet. It also contains crucial elements like calcium, iron, potassium and zinc. It plays a large role in health and development of bone structure and other vital organs. Alfalfa is very commonly consumed regularly by a large part of the population in the form of powders, tablets or seeds.
The health benefits of the alfalfa plant are numerous and it has been a part of ancient Chinese medicine since ages. It can help treat problems of the kidneys, digestive tract, skin as well as the bones. In Ayurveda, this plant was regularly boiled with water and used to aid the digestive system. It can even be used to treat wounds and boils that appear on the skin.
Alfalfa can help us in great many ways. Here are some of the reasons that you should start giving your family alfalfa right away.
Alfalfa is very beneficial for those trying to control cholesterol. The natural chemical and fibers contained in this plant are very powerful in helping with cholesterol treatment. They work on the arterial walls and prevent them from getting clogged up due to the build-up of cholesterol levels in the body. This can further prevent problems like heart attacks. It prevents the development of plaque which can otherwise also result in strokes or diseases of the heart and problems with high blood pressure.
People who are on medication for cholesterol, seizures or steroid and antibiotics often have to bear the brunt of side effects of the medication. Regular consumption of these medicines also results in depletion of vitamin K from the body. Consuming alfalfa can help restore the levels of vitamin K and thus combat the side effects.
Studies have shown that alfalfa can help support cancer treatments. Doctors have found a connection between the amount of alfalfa consumed and the subsequent prevalence of cancer in the body. This is still to be entirely established as being effective, however the natural properties of the herb along with cancer treatments may help to remove carcinogens faster from the body.
For those who tend to retain a lot of water in the body and have problems with weight and bloating, alfalfa is an excellent solution for proper elimination of waste. It acts as a diuretic which means it increases the frequency of urination enabling the body to dispel excess water. Hence it acts as an excellent treatment for edema by dispelling the accumulated liquid in the body.
There are many such ways that alfalfa can help you. But as is with any remedy, make sure to consume it in limited proportions. Consult with your doctor or an Ayurvedic expert before you start consuming alfalfa to understand what the appropriate amount is for your age and body. You can consume alfalfa in the form of powder by mixing it with tea or in a paste form. Adding a small amount of alfalfa to your tea daily can also help you to reap all the goodness from the natural leaves of the alfalfa plant.
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