Alfalfa, medicago sativa , belons the family fabaceae. It  is a plant which sends its roots down twenty to thirty feet into the ground and brings up the minerals that are not available on the surface. For this reason, the Arabic word Alfalfa means "father of plants". Alfalfa is rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that play a vital role in the strength and growth of our bones and in the maintenance of a healthy body. It contains protein and vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin K. It also contains calcium, potassium, carotene, iron, and zinc. It can be taken in the form of seeds, leaves or tablets

Alfalfa for diabetes
.1) Alfalfa is rich in vitamins, minerals and other nutrients and is known to reduce blood sugar levels. Although alfalfa is traditionally used for diabetes, its properties for diabetes are still under study due to its estrogenic effects.

2) Researchers of the University of California at Davis have revealed that the alfalfa tablets or capsules were effective in the treatment of the diabetes when insulin was a failure. They have also concluded that the high amount of manganese found in alfalfa may have been the real reason behind the success of alfalfa in treating this disease.

3) Alfalfa leaves can be consumed raw or prepared as tea. Nowadays alfalfa is available as tablet or capsule. It can also be used as a tea with one or two teaspoons of its seeds steeped in boiling water. It serves as a general tonic.

4) One teaspoon of alfalfa seeds sprinkled on the meal you eat makes an amazing herbal remedy to lower blood sugar levels.
Alfalfa for cholesterol

1) Seeds, leaves and roots of alfalfa are used as herbal remedies for lowering cholesterol, as they reduce atheroslerotic plaque.

2) Several studies have proved that alfalfa supplementation reduced blood cholesterol levels and it is very effective for reducing high cholesterol known as type II hyperlipoproteinemia. The fibers in alfalfa prevent deposits on blood vessels.

Other uses

Alfalfa is good for several other health problems. Alfalfa is rich in phyto estrogens that mimic the action of the female hormone oestrogen. It regulate menstruation, stimulate milk flow in breastfeeding women.
It increases appetite and helps weight gain.

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