Nutritionally some modern herbalists call alfalfa the “Big Daddy of them all” because alfalfa is so well-rounded in the vitamins and minerals that it can supply to the body. The vitamin and mineral-rich juice that is extracted from alfalfa is called Chlorophyll; chlorophyll is almost identical to human hemoglobin and has been used by Naturopaths and some religious groups before, during, and after operations.
Alfalfa is a legume found at the edges of fields, in low valleys and is widely cultivated for livestock feed. Alfalfa has an erect, smooth stem that grows from an elongated taproot to a height of a foot or more. The flowers are blue-to-purple during the summer months and later produce spirally coiled seedpods. The seeds produce an excellent sprout that can be grown at home or purchased at most grocery and health food stores.
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Alfalfa is loaded with beta-carotene, which supports the immune system, skin, and internal mucous membranes.
The “Big Daddy of them all” is so high in calcium that the ashes from its leaves are 99% calcium. When the calcium content of alfalfa is compared to milk 1 oz of powdered milk contained 38% RDA, while 1 oz of powdered alfalfa contained 75% RDA. That same 1 oz of alfalfa also has 83% more iron, 36% more magnesium, 12% more potassium, and 4% less sodium than milk.
Highly nutritional alfalfa contains vitamins A, B-1, B-6, B-12, C, E, and K-1 (a remedy for morning sickness), niacin, pantothenic acid, biotin, folic acids, and 15 to 25% proteins.
Alfalfa can be used therapeutically for treating:
- Intestinal disorders
- Liver problems
- Skin disorders
- Cancers (use chlorophyll, capsules, and sprouts)
- Ulcers (contains U factor found to cure ulcers in test animals)
- Kidney cleanser
- Pituitary Gland (Cushing”s disease)
- Fatigue (mental and physical)
- Tooth decay
- (Contains natural fluoride, unlike the fluoride that is a by-product of aluminum manufacturing that is poisonous)
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