ALFALFA HEALTH BENEFITS AND MINERALS

Posted in HEALTH BENEFITS AND MINERALS

Name                          :           Alfalfa

Scientific Name      :           Medicago sativa

HEALTH BENEFITS:

1. Cardiovascular disease

Scientific research done to test the effects of alfalfa on cardiovascular disorders, discovered dietary alfalfa increased levels of high-density lipoprotein (‘good’ cholesterol); a reduction in the build-up of fat in the arteries was also noted.

2. Diabetes

Research done in Budapest to test the effect of alfalfa leaf extract on diabetic patients concluded that one gram of Alfalfa two times a day over 16 weeks, displays  24% drop in blood cholesterol levels right after eight weeks, which stabilized in the following months. This research concludes that regular consumption of Alfalfa will help to reduce the blood cholesterol level effectively.

3. Arthritis, Bursitis and Muscle Problems

Alfalfa is extremely beneficial for People suffering from arthritis. Alfalfa help to neutralize the uric acid that is in their systems, thus pain is relieved. The trace minerals present in alfalfa assists the body to repair and rebuild joint tissue. Alfalfa is effective in the treatment and management of muscle aches and bursitis.

4. Blood Clotting

Alfalfa is loaded with Vitamin K which is essential to regulate blood clotting, due to the role in amalgamation of prothrombium. Blood clotting comprises of a set of molecules that are constantly circulating through the bloodstream. Vitamin K present in helps in the regulation of blood clotting by carrying calcium around the body. One cup sprouted alfalfa consists of 30.5 µg Vitamin K which is 25.42% of the daily recommended value. Vitamin K helps in improving blood disorders named myelodyplastic syndromes.

5. Arthritis

Alfalfa relate to its anti-inflammatory actions which assist in decreasing the symptoms of arthritis. Copper present in Alfalfa work as a home cure for arthritis; store water in a copper container overnight to gather copper traces. These are helpful in strengthening the muscular system; therefore drink the water as soon as you wake up in the morning. You will feel energized and active for entire day, because your metabolism got good source of copper for its daily procedures.

6. Muscle Function

Iron is an essential protein component for metabolism, and the human body needs iron to produce red blood cells. It is also vital element for muscle health. It can be found in the muscle tissues and assists to provide the source of oxygen essential for contraction of the muscles. Without iron, muscles will lose their tone and elasticity. Alfalfa intake is essential to fulfill iron requirement of the body as it include 0.96 mg of iron which is 12% of the recommended value.

7. Builds Stamina

Alfalfa intake helps to reduce body fatigue and tiredness and sets the metabolic actions of the whole body on the right way. It means vitamin K present in Alfalfa has the capacity to increase stamina on the body to perform several tasks in efficient and healthy way.

MINERALS:

Serving Size: 1 Cup, 100 g

Calories 23 Kcal

Calories from Fat 6.21 Kcal.

PROXIMITY

AMOUNT

% DV

Water

92.82 g

N/D

Energy

23 Kcal

N/D

Energy

96 kJ

N/D

Protein

3.99 g

7.98%

Total Fat (lipid)

0.69 g

1.97%

Ash

0.4 g

N/D

Carbohydrate

2.1 g

1.62%

Total dietary Fiber

1.9 g

5.00%

Total Sugars

0.2 g

N/D

Glucose (dextrose)

0.08 g

N/D

Fructose

0.12 g

N/D

MINERALS

Copper, Cu

0.157 mg

17.44%

Iron, Fe

0.96 mg

12.00%

Phosphorus, P

70 mg

10.00%

Zinc, Zn

0.92 mg

8.36%

Manganese, Mn

0.188 mg

8.17%

Magnesium, Mg

27 mg

6.43%

Calcium, Ca

32 mg

3.20%

Potassium, K

79 mg

1.68%

Selenium, Se

0.6 µg

1.09%

Sodium, Na

6 mg

0.40%

VITAMINS

Vitamin K (phylloquinone)

30.5 µg

25.42%

Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)

0.563 mg

11.26%

Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)

0.126 mg

9.69%

Vitamin C (Ascorbic acid)

8.2 mg

9.11%

Vitamin B9 (Folate, Folic acid)

36 µg

9.00%

Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)

0.076 mg

6.33%

Vitamin B3 (Niacin)

0.481 mg

3.01%

Choline

14.4 mg

2.62%

Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)

0.034 mg

2.62%

Vitamin A

8 µg

1.14%

Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol)

0.02 mg

0.13%

Beta Carotene

87 µg

N/D

alpha Carotene

6 µg

N/D

Beta Cryptoxanthin

6 µg

N/D

Betaine

0.4 mg

N/D

LIPIDS

Fatty acids, total saturated

0.069 g

0.11%

Myristic acid  14:00(Tetradecanoic acid)

0.002 g

N/D

Palmitic acid 16:00 (Hexadecanoic acid)

0.059 g

N/D

Stearic acid 18:00 (Octadecanoic acid)

0.008 g

N/D

FATTY ACIDS, TOTAL MONOUNSATURATED

Oleic acid 18:1 (octadecenoic acid)

0.056 g

N/D

Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated

0.409 g

2.41%

Linoleic acid 18:2 (octadecadienoic acid)

0.234 g

N/D

Linolenic acid 18:3 (Octadecatrienoic acid)

0.175 g

N/D

AMINO ACIDS

Isoleucine

0.143 g

8.55%

Threonine

0.134 g

7.61%

Leucine

0.267 g

7.22%

Valine

0.145 g

6.87%

Lysine

0.214 g

6.40%

FLAVONOLS

Quercetin

1.7 mg

N/D

ISOFLAVONES

Daidzein

0.02 mg

N/D

Genistein

0.02 mg

N/D

Total isoflavones

0.04 mg

N/D

Biochanin A

0.03 mg

N/D

Formononetin

1.43 mg

N/D

Coumestrol

1.6 mg

N/D*

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