Alfalfa falls into the legume category. It looks like a clover with clusters of small purple flowers. Its roots go down into the ground about 20-30 feet and bring up the minerals to the surface of the earth. Alfalfa is an excellent herbal remedy which has been used by the Chinese since the sixth century for various health issues.
It is one of the few plants which contains all vitamins from A to K, including folic acid, carotene, and even the scarce vitamin B-12. It is rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, iron, potassium, sodium, zinc, molybdenum, and silicon.
Alfalfa is rich in anti-oxidants, chlorophyll, and saponins which multiply 450% when sprouted. Alfalfa helps to prevent and heal many diseases such as heart disease, strengthens the bones to help prevent osteoporosis, helps prevent all types of cancers, leukemia, inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, high blood pressure, strokes, diabetes, immune disorders, ulcers, vision problems, whooping cough, lowers cholesterol, dissolves kidney stones, prevents hair loss, fights infections, and relieves PMS and symptoms of menopause.
Alfalfa cleanses the body’s digestive, and urinary systems. It also cleanses the blood, liver, kidneys, and bowel.
A tea can be made either from the leaves or seeds. The seeds can be sprouted and sprinkled on salads, sandwiches, wraps, and even juiced with other fruits and veggies. Alfalfa leaves can also be consumed in the same manner as the sprouts.
When sprouting alfalfa seeds it is a good idea to move them into indirect sunlight a couple of days before harvesting to allow them to produce chlorophyll, which helps to clean the blood.
Alfalfa sprouts can be purchased at the local grocery store, but it is better to sprout them yourself to ensure freshness. Dry leaves can also be purchased which can be used to make a nutritious tea.
As with any other food, alfalfa should be consumed in moderation.