Alfalfa, the ancient health treasure

AlfalfaFieldIt’s humbling to acknowledge that alfalfa, the ancient health treasure, was recognized as such by civilizations thousands of years before we modern humans woke up to its value as a human nutrient—not just animal food.

Dried alfalfa leaf has been found in Turkish and Iranian ruins dating back 6,000 years, and in Turkish medical writings 1300 BC.

In fact alfalfa, the ancient health treasure, was one of the first known herbs to benefit the health of mankind.

The name ‘alfalfa’ is derived from the Arabic al-fac-facah, which means “father of foods,” (which apparently refers to human health) and al-fisfisa, meaning green or fresh fodder (for the horses, so important in those times).

Traditional Chinese Medicine and Indian Ayurvedic medicine used alfalfa for a variety of health purposes, including internal bodily cleansing, water retention, ulcers and arthritis.

The ancient Babylonian cultures, Arabs, Persians, Greeks and Romans considered alfalfa to be ‘healing’—as ‘green manure’ for the soil and therefore healing and strengthening animals and humans.

Hippocrates, our “Father of Medicine,” grew and treated with alfalfa. Thomas Jefferson and George Washington grew alfalfa and  U.S. colonists, native Indians and early medical practitioners also used alfalfa in treating human ailments, as well as for potent animal fodder.

Today, alfalfa leaf (Medicago sativa L.),  a native of  Asia,  is usually included in quality whole food nutritional supplements, and is a primary source of liquid chlorophyll, consumed by millions of people as a detoxifier and blood cleanser.

Alfalfa, the ancient health treasure is extremely nutritious, loaded with protein and amino acids, plus all the B vitamins as well as vitamins A, D, E and K, folate and the minerals calcium, magnesium and iron.

It detoxes the urinary tract, purifies the blood and liver by promoting healthy circulation and bowel movement regularity.

Alfalfa also supports the immune system, lowers bad cholesterol, supports healthy blood sugar levels, aids energy and stamina, and provides enzymes for food digestion and assimilation.

Eventually alfalfa, the ancient health treasure became one of the leading U.S. crops, mostly for animal food, but in recent years recognized widely for its health benefits to humans and soil.

Modern natural gardeners and farmers, like their long ago ancestors, also use alfalfa as ‘green manure’ for their soil.

The biggest alfalfa-raising state in the U.S. are California, Montana and Idaho.

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