Alfalfa also known as Lucerne is a perennial flowering plant, a member of the pea family Fabaceae, usually cultivated as a forage crop in many countries around the world. The sprout are derived from the alfalfa seeds. They are white and thread-like with green tops and also tender and can be used in salads, soups and sandwiches but the alfalfa plant itself are too coarse and can be difficult to eat. Alfalfa sprouts placed in direct sun for a couple of days before harvesting, produces nutritious blood-healing chlorophyll.
Alfalfa is known to contain a myriad of amazing nutrients in it. The one particular reason I love this vegetable is because it’s mild and mixes well with other vegetables while juicing. Some of the nutrients contained in this vegetable includes calcium, folate, magnesium, molybdenum, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, sodium and zinc. Alfalfa also rich in vitamin A, B, B12, C, E, to K.
Amazing health benefits of Alfalfa Sprout
There are wide array of benefit you can derive from regular intake of Alfalfa leave or Sprout
- Weight Loss: If your goal is to lose weight you might consider adding alfalfa into your weight loss regime. Alfalfa contains only 8 calories per serving and nothing seems to be that low in calories, sugar, fat and saturated fat. They are also rich in fiber and protein. I always advise my weight loss clients to try as much as possible to add it in the list of their produce while doing a juice fast.
- Heart Health: A particular research conducted by the National Institute of Health, states that a compound found in alfalfa may help prevent atherosclerosis, which is a serious cardiovascular disease associated with cholesterol plaque in the arteries of the heart. Alfalfa has also be shown to help reduce bad cholesterol, which in turns leads to a healthy heart.
- Diabetes: There are several unproven evidence by the National Institute of health that Alfalfa might be a possible treatment of diabetics. This evidence was due to the reduction in the blood sugar of animals who consumes alfalfa. Alfalfa has also shown to be helpful in controlling blood sugar fluctuation in people with diabetes. According to NutritionData, Alfalfa is associated with no glycemic load and will definitely not increase a person’s blood sugar
- Arthritis: Alfalfa is a folk remedy for symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. It has natural diuretic properties, which promotes the loss of water retention in the body. It in turns relieves swelling caused by excess water accumulation or fluid build-up as an inflammatory response. Its leaf contains a wide range of healing properties that help reduce arthritis pain, swelling and stiffness in joints.
- High blood pressure: Alfalfa herb is widely used in detoxifying and blood purification. As a result, regular consumption can lower blood pressure and balance hormones.
- Immune booster: Regular intake of alfalfa sprouts juice can greatly boost your immune function and increases the activities of natural painkiller cells.
- Pain Reliever: When consumed regularly, Alfalfa acts as an alternative to over the counter pain medicines for headaches or migraines because of its high calcium and magnesium levels.
- Ulcers of the intestine: Ayurvedic medicine used Alfalfa as an herbal treatment for ulcers.
One of the ways I consume this herb is to drink the brewed alfalfa tea. The herb is also available in capsule. The sprouts are available in most health stores and usually come in a small square, clear plastic containers, which they are grown in. I recommend you buy only sprout that are crisp and clean with no sign of yellowing or rotting. When refrigerated it can last for five days. To get more alfalfa into your body I suggest you drink more of Liquid Chlorophyll which is a concentrated liquid of the chlorophyllins from fresh alfalfa plant. A brand I use mostly is this brand