Since the sixth century, alfalfa has been used in China to reduce swelling and to treat fluid retention problems. Some of the first people known to eat alfalfa were the Arabs. They named it “The father of all foods”. The leaves of this wonderful plant are loaded with vitamins, minerals and important trace minerals. Things like calcium, potassium, magnesium, and carotenes. The Arabs, at first used it to feed their horses, as they noticed that it made the animals faster and stronger. Sometime later, they discovered that they themselves could consume it for its valuable health-giving properties.
Alfalfa is often used as a laxative and diuretic and to treat urinary tract infections. It’s good for the prostate, bladder, and kidneys as well.
The big news though, is that alfalfa may be able to lower cholesterol levels. It contains a substance that binds to cholesterol and prevents it from staying in the bloodstream. It’s also being investigated as a treatment for lowering high blood sugar.