Hey Everyone, It’s Jason here at the House of Health. I’m starting off something new today. It’s called “Herb of the Week”. Every week I will be featuring an herb from our “Wall of Herbs”. I strive to educate people on the different herbs out there and how they can help you. I will also try to inspire and encourage people to not be scared of herbs, but to be excited. I want you to be excited about finding better health with herbs. So join me each week as I talk about a new and exciting herb.
So first up is a plant, that is a favorite of mine, Alfalfa (“Father of all Foods”). Alfalfa has many health benefits, although it’s mainly known as a livestock food crop. So what are the benefits, and why would taking alfalfa help you, or why not just eat grass?
If you research Alfalfa you will find all kinds of benefits to help you. Here are just a few.
- cleansing the blood
- alleviating allergies (boosting the immune system)
- promoting healthy blood clotting (Vitamin K)
- supporting healthy digestion (natural fiber)
- increasing milk supply during nursing
- relieving joint pain
- Boosts the Immune System
- May help Lower Cholesterol
So now let’s elaborate on a couple of points on how Alfalfa can help you.
Lowers Cholesterol Levels
Alfalfa has shown that it has an impressive amount of dietary fiber, which is very important in the battle against cholesterol. Fiber can attach to cholesterol and prevent it from locking on to arterial walls. This fiber also helps balance HDL (good) cholesterol levels in the body. So Alfalfa can possibly reduce the buildup of plaque (atherosclerosis), possibly heart attacks, and possibly strokes.
Protects the Heart
Potassium and iron are both found in significant supply within alfalfa, and these benefit the heart in different ways. Potassium is a vasodilator, which helps to lower blood pressure by releasing the tension on blood vessels and arteries. Furthermore, the iron content of this plant boosts red blood cell production, thus improving circulation and ensuring that the body’s organ systems are properly oxygenated. This puts less strain on the heart because the extremities will be demanding less blood and oxygen from an already overworked heart.
Why do I like alfalfa?
So why is Alfalfa one of my favorite herbs? It all started when my wife was pregnant with our first born. I wanted to make sure she was getting all the nutrition she needed, and I did that by making a healthy smoothie every day. Alfalfa was one of the main ingredients I gave my wife in that smoothie. Now I’m not saying Alfalfa will guarantee this, but my son was a healthy 11.4 lbs and my wife had a wonderful first delivery. I was also taking the smoothie and I ended up with two lifelong warts that vanished. So I now believe in the power of alfalfa along with the power of plants/herbs to give us health and excellent nutrition.
Well thanks for watching my video on “Herb of the Week”. I hope you learned something, and I hope this knowledge can help someone find better health and well being. Please research alfalfa more to find out the other benefits, and to see if it’s right for you. See you again for another “herb of week” next week!!
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