Flowers, leaves, petals (avoid sprouts)
Alfalfa sprouts have been shown to inhibit the immune system and can contribute to inflammatory arthritis and lupus. The seeds contain an amino acid, canavanine, that can be toxic to humans and animals when taken in quantity. Canavanine is apparently metabolized during growth and is not found in mature alfalfa plants. So, it is best to use stems and leaves of mature plants.
PHYTOCHEMICALS & NUTRIENTS
Alpha-carotene, beta-cartotene, beta-sitosterol, chlorophyll, coumarin, cryptoxanthin, daidzein, fumaric acid, genistein, limonene, lutein, saponin, stigmasterol, zeaxanthin, Calcium, copper, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, silicon, zinc, vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, C, D, E, and K. Alfalfa plants have eight of the essential amino acids and the highest chlorophyll content of any plant.
ACTIONS & USES
Alfalfa helps detoxifies the body and balance the body’s pH. It acts as a diuretic, anti-inflammatory, and antifungal. Alfalfa can lower cholesterol, balances blood sugar and hormones and promotes pituitary gland function. Its nutrient content makes Alfalfa a good support in cases of anemia, arthritis, ulcers, bleeding-related disorders, and disorders of the bones and joints, digestive system, and skin.
Alfalfa is a good herb to use in herbal combinations, because it permits the rapid assimilation of plant elements. Alfalfa is used as a base in many combinations and in vitamin formulas. A source of natural fluoride, Alfalfa helps prevent tooth decay and helps rebuild decayed teeth.
Alfalfa must be used in fresh, raw form to provide all nutrients. If fresh isn’t available, dried is the next best thing. Of course, look for pesticide free, organic sources.