A perennial flowering plant belonging to the pea family, alfalfa (Medicago sativa) is a rich source of vitamins A, C, E and K, and minerals iron, calcium, potassium and phosphorus.
Animal studies show that alfalfa is beneficial in reducing atherosclerosis (hardening of arteries caused by deposition of fatty material). It controls blood sugar levels and increases insulin sensitivity, making it useful for diabetics. Its antifungal activities are useful in preventing skin rashes.
Alfalfa & Anemia
Herbalists says that alfalfa is beneficial in relieving symptoms of anemia. Its high content of vitamins C & A promotes the absorption of iron from foods.[4,5] That’s why it is effective in easing anemia symptoms such as weakness, extreme fatigue, headaches, shortness of breath and frequent infections.
How To Take It
- Take 1-2 tsp of alfalfa and steep them in cup of boiling water for 15-20 minutes. Drink this tea twice daily to boost your iron levels.
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