Alfalfa is a plant belonging to the Fabaceae family. It is also known as lucerne, purple-flower alfalfa, true alfalfa, meadow melga.
One of the most recurrent uses of alfalfa is in the preparation of some dishes, as it is endowed with flavor and highly nutritious. It contains appreciable levels of protein, calcium, magnesium, vitamins C, E and K, and beta-carotene.
As for properties and benefits
Alfalfa has long been associated with the treatment of some diseases. Its natural properties made it effective in combating gastric ulcers, pain caused by arthritis, and in ending fluid retention.
However, with the advancement of study techniques, other health benefits were discovered. It has been proven by scientists that alfalfa can be used to treat heart disease, stroke and cancer.
According to animal studies, alfalfa helps reduce blood cholesterol levels, as well as deposit plaque on artery walls. As a form of cancer prevention, the plant adheres to cancer cells in the intestine, making it easier for the body to expel them.
Its properties do not stop there. Alfalfa lowers blood sugar levels, fights kidney problems, bladder disease, prostate problems, asthma, arthritis, stomach upset, ulcers, anemia, scurvy, circulatory problems, poor appetite, cystitis, rheumatism, tranquilizer and fights bad breath.
Alfalfa Tea Recipe
Before using the natural properties of tea for any of the problems mentioned above, it is recommended that a doctor be consulted. Only he is able to prove whether the use of tea is indicated for his specific case. This prevents further complications. See how to prepare alfalfa tea:
- 500 ml of water;
- 2 tablespoons of dried alfalfa.
The first step in preparing the tea is to bring the water to a boil. When it shows the first signs of boiling, add the alfalfa and let it boil for five minutes. Turn off the heat and let it boil for another 10 minutes. After that time, strain and take. The recommended maximum for consumption is three cups daily.