Alfalfa sprouts are a common and yummy addition to any salad but did you know that the entire alfalfa plant is incredibly good for you? The leaves, sprouts, and seeds all have medical uses. Alfalfa is an extremely vitamin and mineral rich legume. It contains between 15 to 22% crude protein as well as a variety of vitamins and minerals. Specifically, alfalfa contains vitamins A, D, E, K, U, C, B1, B2, B6, B12, Niacin, Panthothanic acid, Inocitole, Biotin, Folic acid and Chlorophyll. Alfalfa also contains the minerals Phosphorus, Calcium, Potassium, Sodium, Chlorine, Sulfur, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese, Iron, Cobalt, Boron, and Molybdenum and trace elements such as Nickel, Lead, Strontium and Palladium.
In addition to its vitamin and mineral benefits, alfalfa can be used to treat a variety of conditions:
- kidney conditions
- bladder and prostate conditions
- rheumatoid arthritis
- upset stomach
- high cholesterol
- estrogen imbalances
Conveniently, VegeGreens® from Progressive contains 500mg of alfalfa so if you haven’t added it to your salad lately, don’t worry about it!