Heart Disease Prevention

Alfalfa juice can help to prevent many arterial problems and heart diseases, such as coronary artery disease, heart valve disease and pericardial effusion. H. K. Bakhru, in “Herbs That Heal: Natural Remedies for Good Health,” explains that juice made from fresh alfalfa leaves assists with preventing plaque formation and increasing blood flow around the heart. Bakhru recommends drinking equal amounts of alfalfa juice and carrot juice twice daily for maximum benefit.

Alfalfa is high in protein, calcium and other minerals, Viamins in the B group, C,D,E and Vitamin K. The sun-dried hay of alfalfa has been found to be a source of vitamin D, containing 48 ng/g (1920 IU/kg) vitamin D2 and 0.63 ng/g (25 IU/kg) vitamin D3.There is reference to vitamin D2 and vitamin D3 being found in the alfalfa shoot; this is awaiting verification.
Alfalfa has been used as an herbal medicine for over 1,500 years.In early Chinese medicines, physicians used young alfalfa leaves to treat disorders related to the digestive tract and the kidneys. In Ayurvedic medicine, physicians used the leaves for treating poor digestion. They made a cooling poultice from the seeds for boils. At the time, alfalfa was also believed to be beneficial to people suffering from arthritis and water retention.