Alfalfa (medicago sativa), is a perennial herbaceous plant with small purple flowers that grow in clusters. Its traditional use has been both medicinal and food. On the other hand, for medicinal purposes all parts of this plant are used: roots, stems, leaves, flowers and seeds.
It is one of the most nutritious edible plants and in the kitchen it is consumed in alfalfa sprouts, seeds and also its leaves.
We will know what the nutritional value of alfalfa is, the properties, benefits and medicinal uses of *alfalfa, how to take it and when it is harmful to health.
What is the nutritional value of alfalfa?
Alfalfa belongs to the botanical family Fabaceae or legumes (such as lentils, peas or peas, chickpeas …) that is why it is not only its nutritional value, but also its good properties of vegetables.
Above all, this plant is very nutritious and its tribute in micronutrients is very remarkable. It contains vitamins of group B, A, C and E, and minerals such as calcium, copper, chromium, iron, magnesium, selenium and zinc. It also has a high vegetable protein content.
All the active ingredients of alfalfa are very interesting, since it is rich in antioxidants such as: flavonoids, phytoestrogens (isoflavones and lignans), phytosterols, saponins, thyrotropin, coumarins and digestive enzymes.
Therefore, not only its nutritional value is remarkable. Alfalfa is a plant highly valued since ancient times also for the benefits of its medicinal activity:
Properties, benefits and medicinal uses of alfalfa
Alfalfa for anemia
Due to the content of vitamin C and iron, * alfalfa can be a very interesting food to include in the diet of those who wish to prevent and / or combat iron deficiency anemia. You can consume both fresh and cooked in recipes and infusion to take advantage of its properties.
*Alfalfa for poor metabolism
In conclusion, if you generally have a slow and heavy metabolism, taking an alfalfa infusion after a meal can help improve digestive processes. It improves the absorption of nutrients and fights stomach upset and abdominal swelling.
*Alfalfa for arthritis and osteoarthritis
In the case of these diseases, alfalfa is usually applied externally and locally to the affected area that we want to treat. As a result, *alfalfa strips can reduce swelling and improve the mobility of arthritis and osteoarthritis.
*Alfalfa for the thyroid
Thyrotropin (TSH) containing alfalfa is a hormone analogue with the same name that stimulates the thyroid gland. Therefore, always check with your endocrinologist about *alfalfa intake if you have hiccups or hyperthyroidism or suspect you may have it.
*Alfalfa for the skin
Above all, alfalfa can have a very beneficial effect on the skin due mainly to its coumarin content and has been used successfully in cases of dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema, acne and wounds.
Alfalfa for fatigue
This plant is our ally to recover from states in which we are especially tired or physically tired or recovering from surgery or convalescence. It is a plant that gives us vitality.
Alfalfa for the immune system
*Alfalfa sprouts are especially beneficial for stimulating the activity of our immune system by improving the response to pathogens such as viruses and bacteria. But also * Alfalfa sprouts contain glucosinolates, compounds with anticancer activity.
Alfalfa for liquid retention
Another effect of alfalfa on the body is that it stimulates the elimination of fluids, something very beneficial for people suffering from edema and fluid retention.
Alfalfa for fever
One of the natural remedies to attack and reduce fever is * alfalfa, for its excellent antipyretic properties.
The way to prepare it is like an infusion. Let it stand until it reaches room temperature, and then take it little by little.
Alfalfa and cardiovascular diseases
Phytoestrogens have a protective effect against cardiovascular diseases. The incorporation of * alfalfa on a regular basis can help prevent these types of diseases that are so common today and are among the main causes of mortality.
*Alfalfa for menopause
The phytoestrogens of this plant can be very useful to mitigate the symptoms of menopause. Because it elevates the levels of estrogen (female hormone) in the body.
Alfalfa for menstrual pain
Likewise, for cases of dysmenorrhea or painful rules can be used *alfalfa.
*Alfalfa for the urinary system
It can be a natural remedy for cases of urinary tract problem for example, such as cystitis. Likewise, can help prevent or improve the cases of stones and grit in the kidney.