Upon hearing the word ‘alfalfa’, many things may come to people’s minds. While some think of a funny character featured in short films, others think of the sprouts that are often used to accentuate the flavor of salads and sandwiches. Given alfalfa sprouts’ taste and structure, did you know that these are good for the health as well?
Alfalfa sprouts have been used for their medicinal properties for over a thousand years. The plant is known to be a potent source of calcium, protein, and other vitamins and minerals. It’s commonly used in Chinese medicine to treat kidney and digestive tract disorders. It’s also used in traditional Indian medicine to treat poor digestion; alfalfa paste may also be used to treat boils. Given their medicinal properties, it’s not surprising why alfalfa is commonly used in holistic nutrition.
A lot of people claim that alfalfa is also highly effective for arthritis, water retention, and for promoting radiant skin and energy levels. With these characteristics, alfalfa plants can prove to be beneficial for many people. For one, the plant is high in Vitamin A, which is useful in clearing one’s skin, fighting viral infections, and promoting healthy eyesight.
Alfalfa is an excellent source of calcium. Holistic health practitioners often include alfalfa sprouts in their holistic health and healing diet to promote healthy teeth and bones. If you have osteoporosis or simply have low levels of calcium in your body, a sprinkling of alfalfa sprouts on food can balance your body’s calcium levels.
Alfalfa is a natural diuretic, making it effective against water retention. Plus, it’s a powerful antioxidant and is effective in reducing cholesterol levels and promotes better cardiovascular health. Having alfalfa in your holistic health and healing diet can control your levels of insulin and keep diabetes in check.