What is alfalfa
Alfalfa is an ancient medicinal legume. A small number of animal and initial human experiments have shown that alfalfa may help lower blood cholesterol and glucose (lowering blood lipids and blood sugar).
Alfalfa has the highest nutritional value among all common forage crops. With roots reach 30 feet (9 meters) deep into the soil, it can absorb more minerals than other plants. This nutrient-rich plant can suvive in severe droughts areas with limited rainfall.
Alfalfa contains 5 kinds of vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin E, 10 kinds of minerals and three kinds of plant-specific nutrients, flavonoids, carotenoids, and phenolic acids. Its main functions are as follows:
1. Flavonoids: have an antioxidant effect, and can prevent the deposition of cholesterol on the arteries, and avoid blood clotting to reduce the chance of arteriosclerosis. Flavonoids can also block the undesirable activities of certain hormones, inhibit the activity of enzymes that cause inflammation, and can also inhibit the proliferation of microvessels.
2. Phenolic acid: It has anti-oxidant effect and can be regarded as an anti-oxidant substance, which can prevent blood from clotting into plates, ensure free blood flow in vessels, and reduce the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases.
3. Carotenoids: can protect the eyes and prevent degenerative diseases of the eye nerves. In the human body, it is essential compund in process of cells grow and differentiate . In the prevention of diseases, it has been proved to have a certain effect on preventing the recurrence of cancer and preventing the incidence of heart disease. Some carotenoids have been used clinically to carry out additional preventive chemotherapy on cancer patients.
* promote Urinary activity
The number one reason many people use alfalfa is to promote Urinary of retained water in the body. It has a good effect on the elimination of uric acid in female patients with edema and gout during menstrual period.
The reason is: Alfalfa is rich in minerals, such as calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, and zinc. Among them, potassium can help the human body to release excessive "sodium", therefore promote urinary activity. In addition, alkaline minerals can neutralize uric acid, thereby eliminating excessive uric acid in the body and lower rish of gout.
* cholesterol reduction
In addition, alfalfa extract is also rich in active ingredient called "phytosaponins". In the intestinal tract, phytosaponins have a great affinity for cholesterol and can be used as oil emulsifiers. They combine with cholesterol to form an insoluble complex that cannot be absorbed by the body and excreted with feces. In this way, it can reduce the intake of cholesterol from the diet and indirectly reduce the cholesterol content in blood and tissues.