Alfalfa is a great herb and its top health benefits are fairly numerous. This is a plant that is also called father of all plants because it has a fairly extensive root system. In fact its roots can grow 6 feet per year and can grow further than 60 feet below the surface of the earth.
Due to its extensive root system it can soak in tons of minerals and vitamins which may help give people health benefits when eating it.
This herb was first discovered by Arabians when they noticed that their horses that ate alfalfa outperformed other horses. Even though it’s primarily use is to feed livestock it can still be consumed by humans to give them many health benefits.
One of the top health benefits of alfalfa has to do with the most common cause of death in the United States which is heart disease. One of the main culprits to heart disease is something called cholesterol or more specifically LDL cholesterol. This substance can stick to artery walls and if there is enough of it can even lead to blockage which can cut off blood supply to the heart leading to the heart stopping, which causes death.
Alfalfa has been shown to lower LDL cholesterol while keeping HDL cholesterol, which is the good kind that can help clean away blockage.
Also the antioxidants in this herb have been shown to help protect artery walls as well. Another of the top health benefits of sprouts from the alfalfa plant is that it can assist with the growing ailment of diabetes.
Diabetes is a big problem in developing countries because many people enjoy the taste of sugars and when someone consumes too much, it can lead to cells becoming resistant to insulin which carries sugar around the body. This is called Type 2 diabetes which is the more common type, while type 1 is when the pancreas can’t produce enough insulin and is more common in young kids.
This herb has been shown to lower blood sugar in people, which may help with the disease diabetes.
Also alfalfa has been shown to have nearly a 0 glycemic index so it does not spike someone’s blood sugar at all. In a study done with mice that had diabetes for 12 days scientist injected alfalfa and the result was that the mice experienced reduced sugar in their blood stream, and a loss in their weight and less insulin levels.
Also because it has anti-inflammatory properties this plant can also reduce arthritis symptoms. Of course I really believe that the best way to reduce arthritis is strength training because when someone builds their muscles they build up their cartilage, which helps with this ailment.
One of the ways someone can get alfalfa is by going to their local grocery store purchasing some alfalfa sprouts and sprinkling them on their food. The sprouts are good on sandwiches except I notice that they get spoiled fairly quickly.
Another way someone can get this nutrient is by taking a supplement. Did you know that in the last 4 years over 200 brands of natural supplements have been recalled? Just becuause something is natural that doesn’t mean it’s safe.
I recommend getting educated on the industry this way you will have the best chance of avoiding a harmful product. You can learn more about how to choose a great supplement by clicking on Supplement Ebook.