The Herbs of Smoothie Essentials: Alfalfa

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Alfalfa has been traditionally used in Herbal Medicine as a nutritive tonic  (Meyer 1993, BHP 1983)[1][2]

Alfalfa ( /ælˈfælfə/; Medicago sativa) [3] is a perennial flowering plant in the pea family Fabaceae cultivated as an important forage crop in the US, Canada, Argentina, France, Australia, the Middle East, South Africa, and many other countries. The English name is adopted from the Spanish,

Originally alfalfez, which in turn is derived from the Arabic al-fisfisa “fresh fodder”. The Spanish name is widely used, particularly in the US but it is also known as lucerne in the

UK, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, erba medica in Italy, meaning medical herb, luzerne in France, and lucerne grass in South Asian English. It superficially resembles clover, with clusters of small purple flowers followed by fruits spiralled in 2 to 3 turns containing 10-20 seeds.

Alfalfa is high in protein, calcium, plus other minerals, vitamins in the B group, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamin K.[4]

The sun-dried hay of alfalfa (also known as Lucerne) 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. [5]

[1] Natural Health Products Ingredients Database http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/ingredReq.do?id=12422&lang=eng

[2]Health Canada.  Product Licensing.  Compendium of Monographs: http://webprod.hc-sc.gc.ca/nhpid-bdipsn/monoReq.do?id=30&lang=eng

[3] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfalfa

[4]Nutrition Research Center, Alfalfa Nutritional Value.
Nutritionresearchcenter.org (21 March 2008).
Retrieved on 17 October 2011.

The Facts About Alfalfa, Melissa Kaplans’
Herb Care. Anapsid.org.
Retrieved on 17 October 2011.

“Alfalfa:The Father of All Foods”. ALFALFA – A
Discussion of Vitamin B-12 in The
Vegetarian Diet.. Retrieved 2
November 2011.

Diamond, Marilyn
(1990). The American
Vegetarian Cookbook from the Fit For Life Kitchen.
New York: Warner Books. pp. 379. ISBN 0-446-51561-2.

[5]R . L . HORST et al., The
Isolation and identification of Vitamin D2 and Vitamin D3 from Medicago sativa (Alfalfa Plant), ARCHIVES OF BIOCHEMISTRY AND BIOPHYSICS Vol. 231, No. 1, May 15, pp. 67-71, 1984http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6326678

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Welcome! I am ShelleRae and I am very excited you are here. I joined the Smoothie Essentials team about 5 years ago now. Always health conscious and into prevention versus medication it seemed natural when the opportunity came up to take on the creation of this blog and the MatchaGT blog as well. As mother to three and surrogate to many more I've practiced much of what I write on sometimes with great success and other times with a bit less. My friends and family are my test kitchen and my facts are most often from WebMD - they seem to have a fairly accurate and conservative approach. The Smoothie Essentials product is a line of boosts that add functionality to one's daily foods without adding flavor or colors. (except for MatchaGT and green blend) making it easy to "hide" them from the finicky eaters we all know and love. From stirring them into yogurts, smoothies, frappes and even juice drinks it all come out with the original flavor being center star.. My inspiration comes from others who also are striving to live a better life through lifestyle changes. More information is available at www.SmoothieEssentials.com or by emailing shelley@juicesolutions.com

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