The benefits of Alfala herb starts with being a very rich source of the essentail vitamins, minerals and nutrients that our body needs for overall health.
One of the main advantages of the plant Alfala is its very long roots that stretches down more than twenty feet into the ground which allows it to reach minerals that could be found beyond the surface. Alfala or ‘father of plants’ in Arabic contains vitamins, minerals and nutrients that are essential to the general body health most especially for bone growth and for strength. The Chinese, having recognized the potential of this plant for as early as sixth century reveres it as the richest land source of trace minerals. Usually taken in either seed, leaves or tablets form, this herb is rich in proteins and vitamins A, B1 and B6, C, E and K plus a healthy dose of carotene, zinc, iron, calcium and potassium.
Benefits of Alfala
Aside from the essential vitamins and minerals in alfala, here are other ways that alfala prove to be beneficial to one’s health.
- As it has the ability to lower down cholesterol levels, it also has the potential of preventing the occurrence of strokes.
- Alfala carries the ability to cleanse the blood, the liver and digestive system. It makes it especially effective to people suffering from diabetes and a good remedy for arthritis.
- It is found out to treat aut0-immunedisorder and nourishes the different bodily systems including the skeletal, digestive, glandular and urinary systems.
- It effectively treats kidney related diseases because of its cleansing action and it relieves swelling and fluid retention that is usually associated with kidney problems.
Caution for Side Effects
As with many things, moderation is the key. Anything that is in excess might prove to be unhealthy. Care must be exercised in over consumption of alfala as it might lead to breakdown of red blood cells which is a rather serious condition. An amino acid found in this plant – canavanine – is also not recommended for pregnant women and for individuals suffering from lupus as it has the potential to aggravate the disease. However, canavanine is only found in seeds and sprouts and not in the mature leaves so tea made from leaves are free from this amino acid. Although to be sure, avoid this plant under these conditions.