Benefits of Alfalfa Sprouts
Alfalfa sprouts are commonly used as fodder in Middle Eastern countries claiming the nutritious vegetable increased strength and speed of horses. In fact, alfalfa sprouts is a ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“’super food” as it is loaded with essential nutrients and vitamins. Read on and find out some of the health benefits you can reap by incorporating alfalfa sprouts into your nutritional plan.
1. Lowers cholesterol
Recent studies show that alfalfa sprouts can help lower ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‹Å“’bad” cholesterol levels in the bloodstream. Alfalfa supplementation is therefore recommended for individuals suffering from a disorder known as hyperlipoproteinemia, caused by high cholesterol in the bloodstream. In other words, regular intake of alfalfa sprouts prevents accumulation of fat deposits on the blood vessels.
2. Reduces swelling
Alfalfa reduces swelling and prevents irregular bowel movements. Due to its diuretic properties, alfalfa plays a vital role in the detoxification of wastes and toxins, and improves bowel movement. By removing wastes and toxins, inflammation and swelling (for instance in the arms and legs) is reduced.
Another reason why you should consider adding alfalfa sprouts into your daily nutrition is that it is high in antioxidants. We all know that antioxidants are essential for our health as they help neutralize free radicals that cause cell damage, as well as increased risk to disease and infection. Preliminary studies suggest that its high antioxidant properties may help prevent heart disease and cancer, not to mention it alleviates menopausal-related symptoms.
4. Boosts immunity
Due to their high saponin content, alfalfa sprouts improve immune function and ward off disease and infections. Moreover, it is loaded with minerals and vitamins that increase the production of interferon and lymphocytes to boost immune function.
Expectant women are advised to consult a doctor before taking this herb as it contains homostachydrine and stachydrine, which facilitate menstruation. In rare cases, this can lead to early miscarriage.