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Alfalfa (Medicago sativa)
Indigenous to Arabia, Alfalfa is a member of the legume family, with small, split leaves; purple flowers like clovers; and unusual spiral pods. It has long roots that reach deep into the soil for minerals.
Arabian horses are among the most prized breeds in the world, and it was through them that alfalfa's virtues were first discovered by the Arabians. When they saw that alfalfa made their horses swift and strong, the Arabians began to take alfalfa themselves. The herb became known as The Father of All Foods.
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Nutritional Benefits of Alfalfa Tea
The nutritional benefits of alfalfa tea are numerous. Alfalfa contains eight essential amino acids; vitamins A, E, K, B, D; phosphorus; iron; potassium; chlorine; silicon; magnesium; and beta carotene.
Vitamin K. Alfalfa is a source of vitamin K, which is necessary for blood clotting, carbohydrate storage, liver vitality, and longevity. Normally, vitamin K is manufactured by your body's intestinal flora as a by-product of digestion and stored for use. Your body only needs small amounts of vitamin K, and there is rarely a lack of it, except in certain circumstances. Habitual use of asprin, alchol, or drugs can destroy your vitamin K supply. In addition, lingering intestinal disorders like colitis can hamper your intestinal flora's ability to make vitamin K. Antibiotics can destroy vitamin K along with friendly flora. In these cases, alfalfa tea can give you the tune-up you need.
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Uses. According to Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, the alfalfa herb is used to alleviate allergies and asthma, ease digestive disorders, relieve menstrual problems, diabetes and boost the immune system. This herbal remedy might also benefit people suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, bleeding disorders, as well as kidney or bladder problems. Additionally, alfalfa is known to help reduce cholesterol levels.
Herbalists often recommend alfalfa preparations as a potent nutritive in cases of malnutrition, debility, and prolonged illness.
Dosage. The usual dose of alfalfa for tea is 1 to 2 teaspoons per cup, steeped in boiling water for 10 to 20 minutes.
Amount. To use as a general tonic for overall health, drink a cup or two per day for two weeks, take a week break and continue the same pattern as needed.
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To receive the full benefits of alfalfa tea, always use fresh or dried loose leaf teas whenever possible. For more information on Loose Leaf Tea Click here.
Alfalfa is known to have a bland taste, to enhance the flavor, steep alfalfa tea with regular tea or mint tea before serving.
Consult your doctor before using alfalfa if you're taking immune-suppressing drugs, diabetes agents or water pills.
Pregnant or nursing women should not use alfalfa.
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