Along with its other amazing qualities, it has been found that alfalfa contains Vitamin U. Dr. Garnett Chaney, well-known food scientist of Stanford University, CA, has published his findings on Vitamin U, and asserts that it has great possibilities as as aid for peptic ulcers. In fact, according to the record, 80% of the ulcers so treated were healed.
Alfalfa is the richest land grown source of trace minerals. The roots of this perennial plant burrow deep into the soil and absorb the important trace minerals and elements such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron and phosphorous. Combined with chlorophyll and other organic salts, these factors seem to balance the so-called salt system of the body and act as a natural diuretic.
Alfalfa is most important for its Vitamin A and enzyme content. Vitamin A is important in building healthy skin, both outer and inner skin. The outer skin complexion improves, dryness is prevented and the skin becomes less susceptible to infection. The inner skin, or mucous membrane, is also greatly aided. The lining of the throat, nose, stomach and intestines are all improved with Vitamin A.
Enzymes are organic catalysts which promote chemical changes. Alfalfa contains the following seven enzymes: Protase, which acts in the digestion of proteins: Coagulase, Emulsin and Peroxidase, which have direct action upon the blood: Amylase and Invertase which act in the conversion of starches and sugars: and Lipase, a fat splitting enzyme. Hence, Alfalfa greatly assists digestion both by promoting healthy mucous membrane tissue, and providing enzymes which convert foods into useable form. As many or our enzymes are destroyed by routine cooking and food processing, it is beneficial to take a few alfalfa tabs before each meal.
The use of alfalfa increases one's alkaline reserves and helps to offset the enervating effect of fatigue acids. It is beneficial to who have kidney or bladder trouble because it makes excretion of the kidney less acid and therefore less irritating to the urinary tract. The U.S.Dept. of Agriculture states that while the average fruit or vegetable is from one to ten units alkaline, alfalfa is 130 units alkaline. This alkaline nature makes the use of anti-acid tablets for digestion unnecessary.
Chlorophyll is plentiful in alfalfa, and chlorophyll is known as a body cleanser, infection fighter and nature's deodorizer. This wonder of nature possesses the property of breaking down poisonous carbon dioxide, releasing oxygen in turn, thus inhibiting or reducing the action of anaerobic bacteria. Try this experiment. If your dog has bad odor or bad smelly breath try crushing a couple of alfalfa tabs on his food.
Alfalfa is rich in Vitamin K, which helps develop fibrin, which in turn protects against hemorrhaging by helping the blood to clot properly. It contains 20,000 to 40,000 units of Vitamin K for every 100 grams.
Alfalfa is being used as a means of bringing relief to arthritis sufferers and there are approximately 10,000,000 arthritics today. The estimate is that 97% of all individuals over 40 have some form of arthritic disease. These individuals would do their aching joints a blessed favor by consuming some alfalfa in the tablet form. Patients who have had 18 alfalfa tablets, six, three times a day and some extra B-COMPLEX are free from pain and hands are limber. (Catharyn Elwood's "Feel Like a Million".)
From the 2003 Shaklee catalog, page 19: "includes alfalfa, spearmint, and more; contains no fungicides, bacteriocides, synthetic hormones, growth regulators, or chemicals; 10 Alfalfa Complex tablets provide 300 mg of calcium, about as much calcium as in a glass of milk."
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Update From the 2013 Shaklee Catalog: Alfalfa is a store house of nutrients. It's taproot reaches down as deep as 20 feet, searching out nutrients and minerals from deposits in the soil while it's leaves gather large amounts of chlorophyll through the natural process of photosyntheses.
Alfalfa complex is a Shaklee Signature Formula orginally developed by Dr. Shaklee. We use only the finest alfalfa grown in California, ensuring a wide range of nutrients, including calcium and phosphorus, as well as chlorophyll, bioflavonoids, trace minerals, and vitamins.
- Natural source of alfalfa
- Each serving provides 300 mg of calcium, about as much as a glass of milk