Organic Alfalfa Seeds
Alfalfa is a perennial flowering plant cultivated as an important forage crop. In the UK, where it is not widely grown, it is known as lucerne. Alfalfa lives from three to twelve years, depending on variety and climate. It is a cool season perennial legume, sometimes growing to a height of 1 meter. It resembles clover with clusters of small purple flowers. It also has a deep root system sometimes stretching to 4.5 metres. This makes it very resilient, especially to droughts. It has a tetraploid genome.
Alfalfa seeds have been used as an herbal medicine for over 1,500 years. Alfalfa seeds are high in protein, calcium, plus other minerals, vitamin A, vitamins in the B group, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamin K. In early Chinese medicines, physicans used young alfalfa leafs to treat disorders related to the digestive tract and the kidneys; Joints and Bones and Skin, and Circulatory System. In India, ayurvedic physicans used the leaves for treating poor digestion. They made a cooling poultice from the seeds for boils. At that time, alfalfa was also believed to be helpful towards people suffering from arthritis and water retention.
Alfalfa is suggested as a supplementary food for people with anemia, diabetes. It is helpful in extending appetite, contributes towards weight gain, and is used as a diuretic for increased urination, for indigestion and bladder disorders. Alfalfa is also regarded as a helpful dietary supplement for increasing breast milk, for mitigating premenstrual syndrome, , and for lowering blood cholestrol levels.
Cautions: Should not be used if suffering from autoimmune diseases.