Alfalfa is a legume which is capable of extending its root system 8 meters, reaching into the sub-soils for minerals. The ash of Alfalfa contains 99% available calcium and has an alkalising effect on the body and digestive system. It is a great source of mineral supplements that are all alkaline. Legumes are typically rich in minerals and protein, providing a good range of amino acids. Centuries ago, the Arabians used nutrient-rich alfalfa as feed for their horses and noticed that it made the animals swift and strong and reach peak fitness. They began to consume it themselves and named it Al-fal-fa – “Father of all foods”. Alfalfa contains chlorophylls, carotenoids and a wide range of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and is high in calcium, protein and carbohydrates.
Alfalfa powder is 20% protein and 20% fiber; plus it contains 16 amino acids, 13 trace minerals and 13 vitamins. Alfalfa contains calcium in copious quantities due to its deep root characteristics. The complex carbohydrate from the young fibre in the leaves, and also the high levels of iron in Alfalfa. Also, the unusually high level of potassium makes this wonderful green superfood for sports people and those who live life in the fast lane. Alfalfa contains a high calcium and magnesium content.
Due to its high nutritional content, the other benefits of Alfalfa herb are many and varied.
Alfalfa is often sprouted to produce healthy shoots full of enzymes and can be used in salads and soups. The seeds can also be sprouted and used to make a tea. Alfalfa tea is known to stimulate the digestion and appetite, so is excellent for those who are convalescing.
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