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    Alfalfa - Medicago Sativa

    Alfalfa

    Alfalfa is a herb whose seeds, sprouts, and leaves are used to create several medicines. Alfalfa is used to enhance urine flow and treat kidney, bladder, and prostate disorders.

    Asthma, osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, high cholesterol, skincare issues, thrombocytopenic purpura, osteoarthritis, and other conditions are also treated with this superfood alfalfa. 

    Alfalfa is also used medicinally, and its dried leaves or seeds can be taken as a supplement because they are an excellent source of energy. Alfalfa sprouts can be made and utilized in a variety of dishes and salads.

    Synonyms of Alfalfa

    • Medicago sativa
    • Rijeka
    • Lucerne

    Nutritional Facts of Alfalfa

    One hundred grams of alfalfa sprouts contain

     

    Calorie:23 kCal
    Carbohydrates:2.1 g
    Proteins:4 g
    Fats:0.7 g
    Fiber:1.9 g
    Water:92.8 g
    Calcium:32 mg
    Magnesium:27 mg
    Potassium:79 mg
    Phosphorus:70 mg
    Vitamin C:8.2 mg

    Phytochemical Constituents of Alfalfa

    • Saponins,
    • Flavonoids,
    • Phytoestrogens, 
    • Coumarins,
    • Alkaloids, 
    • Amino acids, 
    • Phytosterols,
    • Vitamins, 
    • Digestive enzymes and terpenes

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    Therapeutic Uses of Alfalfa

    • Alfalfa uses for skin care

    Alfalfa’s chlorophyll contains a lot of enzymes and Vitamin A. Skin becomes healthy on the inside and radiant on the exterior as a result.

    Various skin care products that contain alfalfa extract are available. For skin tightening and radiance, you can also utilize alfalfa powder and alfalfa tablets.

     

    • Boost Immunity 

    Antiviral and antibacterial activities are present in alfalfa. This suggests that eating alfalfa may help the body have fewer dangerous germs and viruses. As a result, it can shield against serious illnesses and infections.

     

    • Good for Kidney issues & Urinary health

    Alfalfa contains diuretic qualities that aid in preventing renal issues including water retention. It is also known that alfalfa tablets can prevent urinary tract infections.

     

    • Weight Loss

    Low-calorie foods include alfalfa sprouts. Per cup, they only have 7.6 calories. Additionally, their glycaemic index is low. It demonstrates how nutrient-dense the food is. It signifies that it has few calories but a wealth of minerals, nutrients, and vitamins. If you’re looking to shed some pounds, this cuisine is fantastic.

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    Ayurvedic Aspects of Alfalfa

    It is a herb that comes from the seeds of the alfalfa plant and is consumed as food. In addition to improving food’s nutritional content, it is used to treat a variety of ailments. Many Ayurvedic physicians also utilize it to create medications. Bone development and bone strength depend on minerals. Alpha-alpha, an important mineral, has a lot of it. As a result, it is regarded as being extremely helpful for the treatment of arthritis. Tea prepared from alpha-alpha, particularly its seeds, is effective in curing arthritis. Alfalfa functions as a natural diuretic that is gentle on the kidneys and is effective in treating a variety of urogenital conditions like inflammation and dropsy that are brought on by urinary retention and buildup in the body. Being a genuine analgesic and anti-inflammatory, it lessens bodily pain and inflammation as well as redness, swelling, and heat.

    Side Effects of Alfalfa

    • Can Cause Auto-immune illness

    Long-term consumption of alfalfa seeds can have negative effects, such as a rise in autoimmune illnesses like lupus. Some people’s skin may become particularly sensitive to the sun as a result of alfalfa. Large doses of alfalfa supplements have been deemed dangerous to take when pregnant or nursing.

     

    • Rheumatoid Arthritis

    It frequently exhibits estrogen-like behavior and leads to hormonal abnormalities. The immune system may become more active as a result of alfalfa, which could worsen the signs and symptoms of autoimmune illnesses like MS, lupus, and rheumatoid arthritis.

     

    • Photosensitivity

    Some people’s skin may become more sensitive to the sun as a result of alfalfa.

    Article Written By: Dr. Sahil Gupta, Ayurvedic Allergy Specialist

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