Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) is a very versatile legume known for its numerous benefits. Civilizations have used alfalfa for centuries to support overall well-being. Due to its deep root system, alfalfa is able to pull many valuable materials from the soil, making alfalfa rich in beneficial materials and nutrients.
The materials and nutrients found in alfalfa leaves include calcium, magnesium, potassium and carotene. The leaves of the alfalfa plant are also rich in protein, vitamins E and K, as well as all eight essential amino acids and ten non-essential amino acids. Alfalfa is also a good source of chlorophyll.
The benefits associated with alfalfa's various compounds are numerous! For starters, alfalfa may help support healthy blood sugar and cholesterol levels already in the normal range ”“ which can help maintain overall heart health. Due to its alkalizing nature, alfalfa may have a detoxifying effect on the body. With its high nutritive value, alfalfa also supports healthy energy levels.
Alfalfa is also rich in saponins, which may support immune system function, as well as highly active antioxidants. Alfalfa contains plant estrogens (phytoestrogens) which help maintain bone health. In addition, the high fiber content in alfalfa may help support healthy digestive function.