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Lucerne Alfalfa, Alphalpha, Father of all Foods, The King of Plants, Queen of forages, California clover, Spanish clover, Buffalo herb, Purple medic [1]
Medicago sativa

AKA: luzerne [French]; mielga [Spanish]; alfafa, luzerna [Portuguese]; yonca [Turkish]; cỏ linh lăng [Vietnamese]; برسيم حجازي [Arabic]; अल्फाल्फा [Hindi]; ムラサキウマゴヤシ [Japanese]; Люцерна [Russian] [2]

L LEGUMINOSAE; Family: FABACEAE

The alfalfa plant is primarily native to Asia, and is considered to be one of the first known herbs to mankind. The name, Medicago, is thought to be derived from Medea in North Africa where this important plant was thought to have originated. It is a member of the Pea family Fabaceae.

Alfalfa or Lucerne is called the “Father of All foods” and contains a complete full range of vitamins and minerals as well as trace elements. The tincture or tea can easily replace a multivitamin pill and will boost your energy and improve your health. Alfalfa is very easy to grow from seed and the sprouts also contain proteins and amino acids [3] . A handful of Alfalfa sprouts (1 cup or 33g) in your salad or smoothie or a herbal tea with a little honey and lemon goes a long way towards providing your Recommended Daily Intake (RDI [4] ), Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) [5] and Recommended Daily Value (%DV [6] ). The bonus is that Alfalfa sprouts are low in Saturated Fat and Sodium, and very low in Cholesterol - it will transform your health, be a tonic to your system and heal your body.

Alfalfa is one of the herbs we use in many of our combination remedies because it's rich nutrient content provides outstanding and comprehensive support for all herbal health remediation therapies we promote.


you probably know alfalfa or lucerne as sprouts

 
There is a story told at many lectures and classes about a family that survived the war in a Nazi concentration camp in good health [7] with the help of an alfalfa plant growing inside the fence. Each member of the family secretly ate just a few leaves of the plant every day thereby allowing the alfalfa plant to replenish its leaves throughout the long months. By obtaining necessary nutrients from the plant which were missing from the inferior and scarce prison food the family maintained their health while others around them died from malnutrition.

These nutritional benefits of Alfalfa are due, in part, to it's deep root system which can extend to depths of over 15m [8] , this allows it to access mineral and nutrient sources not available to other plants. These nutrients are listed on this page's constituents tab and are a fascinating read.

  CONTRA-INDICATIONS  
  • Pregnancy: - large doses of alfalfa supplements may be dangerous. Hormone-like compounds in alfalfa, known as phytoestrogens, may cause hormonal problems in the fetus or trigger miscarriage and preterm labor [9] .
  • Auto Immune Conditions: because it has such a potent effect on the immune system, persons with existing auto-immune disorders are advised to seek professional advice before embarking on alfalfa supplementation [10] .
  • Hormone-sensitivity: Alfalfa might have a similar effect as the female hormone estrogen. If you have any condition that might be made worse by exposure to estrogen, don’t use alfalfa [10] .
  • Diabetes: Alfalfa might lower blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes and take alfalfa, monitor your blood sugar levels closely [10] .


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    References

     [#]SourceTitle and link to resource if available
    [1]  lovetoknow.comBenefits of Alfalfa
    [2]  FeedipediaAlfalfa (Medicago sativa)
    [3]  Nutrition DataAlfalfa seeds, sprouted, raw
    [4]  WikipediaReference Daily Intake
    [5]  WikipediaDietary Reference Intake
    [6]  FDAHow the Daily Values Relate to the %DVs
    [7]  Health Freedom ResourcesNutritional Power Alfalfa
    [8]  WikipediaAlfalfa
    [9]  Global Healing CenterBenefits of Alfalfa Leaf
    [10]  MedLinePlusAlfalfa
    [11]  DietHealthClub.comAlfalfa
    [12]  Penny C. RoyalHerbally Yours (ISBN-13: 978-0960922611)
    [13]  Jim Duke’s Farmacy - USDAPhytochemical and Ethnobotanical Databases
    [14]  The Australian Naturopathic NetworkMedicago sativa (Lucerne)
    [15]  Isabell ShipardHow Can I Use Herbs in My Daily Life (ISBN 0-646-42248-0)
    [16]  Malcolm Stuart (Ed)The Encyclopedia of Herbs and Herbalism (ISBN 0 85613 067 2)
    [17]  Gardening Know HowGrowing Alfalfa – How To Plant Alfalfa
    [18]  GreenharvestOrganic Sprouting Seeds
    [19]  GreenharvestLucerne (Alfalfa) Seeds
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