The word “alfalfa” comes from the Arabic phrase, Meaning “father of all foods.” alfalfa is extremely
utritious. The extensive root system allows the plant to absorb a high level of nutrients from the
soil. Alfalfa leaf contains essential vitamins including the entire spectrum of
B-Vitamins, A, D, E and K. Alfalfa Leaf is a source of iron, niacin, biotin, folic acid, calcium,
magnesium, phosphorous and potassium. It is also a source of chlorophyll. Compared to other
plants, alfalfa is very high in protein and amino acids. Alfalfa sprouts are rich in canavanine, an
amino acid analog known to be beneficial in fighting leukemia, pancreatic and colon cancer as well
as fibrocystic breast tumors.Other health benefits of alfalfa are many and include supporting
healthy circulation and the immune system. Moreover, Alfalfa sprouts are rich in saponins,
a chemical compound believed to help lower bad cholesterol (LDL) levels while maintaining good
cholesterol (HDL) levels. Saponins are also believed to reduce atherosclerosis (the hardening of the
arteries) and other cardiovascular diseases due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
Dr. Toni is a Best-selling author, Holistic Health Practitioner (HHP) & Registered Herbalist in San Diego, California. She holds a PhD in psychology, and a Clinical Herbalist Certificate, an HHP certificate and is a Certified Trainer in the Success Principles. In private practice as a HHP she has been influenced by a variety of clinical modalities and orientations, and by the diverse life experiences of her clients. Toni’s approach to healing is holistic & transpersonal. In her work, she integrates the principles of Eastern and Western nutrition, herbololgy, energy medicine, Buddhist mindfulness and personal counseling to assist others in working through their physical or emotional blocks to attain optimal health.