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Why You Should Eat Alfalfa Microgreens

Updated: Mar 27, 2019

Fittingly called the “King of all Foods,” alfalfa contains numerous vitamins, minerals, and nutrients, such as:

  • Biotin

  • B-vitamins

  • Chlorophyll

  • Copper

  • Folate

  • Folic acid

  • Iron

  • Magnesium

  • Manganese

  • Niacin

  • Phosphorus

  • Potassium

  • Riboflavin

  • Thiamine

  • Vitamin A

  • Vitamin C

  • Vitamin D

  • Vitamin E

  • Vitamin K

One cup (33 g) of alfalfa sprouts contains fiber, which has a gram of protein and a gram of carbs. The plant is also rich in bioactive compounds like alkaloids, coumarins, flavonoids, phytosterols, phytoestrogens, and saponins.

Compared with other plants, alfalfa contains more amino acids and protein. With all these nutritious properties, it’s no surprise that the use of alfalfa go back as far as 1300 B.C. 

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, alfalfa leaves are used to relieve ulcers and to stimulate the appetite. Indian Ayurvedic Medicine has used alfalfa to relieve arthritis, ulcers, and water retention. Colonial Americans used alfalfa to fight menstrual problems, scurvy, and urinary problems.

In modern times, alfalfa continues to be beneficial. Here are some of the most common benefits that you can enjoy from alfalfa:

It acts as a diuretic.

It treats arthritis, diabetes, and dyspepsia.

It cleanses the blood and detoxes the urinary tract.

It eases general digestive problems.

It protects against asthma.

It functions as an antioxidant.

It has a strong alkaline effect on the body.

It gets rid of kidney stones.

It aids in hydration and digestion.

It improves the immune system and metabolic health.

It improves complexion and treats hair loss and balding.

It increases breast milk production.

It lowers bad cholesterol levels.

It promotes regular bowel movement.

It purifies the liver.

It reduces the incidence of atherosclerotic plaque.

It regulates blood sugar levels.

It relieves menopausal symptoms.

It supports the pituitary gland.

We will be growing Alfalfa microgreens in the coming months as part of our monthly "Try a new microgreen" program. Look for these healthy microgreens soon at the Cotton Mill Farmers Market (in Carrollton, GA every Saturday morning) and at the Peachtree City Farmers Market (in Peachtree City, GA every Saturday morning).

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