Alfalfa is a member of the legume group. Alfalfa serves a number of purposes agriculturally (soil conditioner, feed grass) and is also cultivated for use in dietary supplements. Alfalfa, also known as Medicago sativa is a green grass full of fiber and trace minerals. It's most commonly used to support good digestion and elimination. Many people consider greens like alfalfa to be helpful in alkalizing and cleansing the system. As a 'green fiber', alfalfa is a great supplement for you if you don't eat a lot of greens or get much fiber in your diet. Alfalfa been also been used for joint problems. Its trace minerals are key nutritional factors in rebuilding and repairing joint tissue.
Health Benefits of Alfalfa:
Fiber like that found in alfalfa may help reduce blood sugar by slowing the rate at which calories are released from food. Fiber also has positive effects on cholesterol levels and heart health.
Besides fiber, alfalfa supplements are a good source of: chlorophyll, beta carotene, calcium, and the vitamins D, E and K.
Like most green foods, alfalfa aids in increased energy levels due to its high nutritive value.
Use as directed. Alfalfa has very low toxicity. The recommended dosage of alfalfa for lowering cholesterol levels range from 250-1000 mg, taken 2-3 times daily with meals. Alfalfa supplements are available liquid, tablet and capsule forms.
Side effects and Cautions:
Possible mild blood thinning effect. Alfalfa is not recommended for people with Lupus.