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​What are medicinal uses of medicago sativa?

Oct 11, 2019

Medicago sativa is commom in our life. And there are some medicinal uses in medicago sativa. So what are the medicinal uses of medicago sativa?


Medicago Sativa-Extract


1) Rich in antioxidants and nutrients

In addition to being rich in vitamin K, medicago-sativa is also rich in phytonutrients. There are different types of antioxidants in medicago-sativa. Such as, flavonoids, phenolic acid, phytoestrogens and so on.

♦ The importance of antioxidants for health cannot be ignored. Almost all chronic diseases are associated with systemic inflammation and oxidative stress. Polyphenols in Alfalfa and other foods may help fight inflammation and free radical damage.

♦ In cell and rat studies, alfalfa reduces markers of oxidative stress. It reduces free radical production, limites DNA damage, and enhances the antioxidant glutathione. It also protects the liver from damage.

♦ Alfalfa extract has a brain protective effect on rats. Due to lack of oxygen, the extract limits the death of brain cells. Alfalfa also enhances intracellular antioxidants, including glutathione and superoxide dismutase (SOD).

In summary, medicago-sativa is an important source of antioxidants for people with relatively high oxidative stress in relatively healthy people.

2)It can help treat diabetes


Medicago Sativa


3) It can reduce inflammation

Lipopolysaccharide (lps) is a toxin produced by Gram-negative bacteria. For people with intestinal leaks, this toxin can enter the bloodstream. In test tubes and mice, alfalfa extract reduced lipopolysaccharide-induced inflammation. They reduced several inflammatory markers, including NF-kb, IL-1, IL-6 and TNF-alpha.

The biochanin, a compound belonging to the isoflavone family, may have an anti-inflammatory effect. In three cell studies, Biochanin can inhibited NF-kB and other inflammatory pathways.

Lipopolysaccharide has a strong effect on autoimmune arthritis. As mentioned, lipopolysaccharides can migrate from the gut to the blood. Lipopolysaccharide causes the body to develop an autoimmune inflammatory response that turns mild symptoms into a full-blown disease. Because alfalfa can reduce inflammation caused by lipopolysaccharide, it may contribute to intestinal leakage and arthritis. However, there is a lack of clinical trials to confirm this.


4) Improve menopausal symptoms

In a clinical trial, the combination of alfalfa and sage reduced hot flashes and night sweats in 30 menopausal women.

The positive effects of menopausal symptoms are usually attributed to phytoestrogens. There are three main types of phytoestrogens: isoflavones, coumarins, lignans.

A cellular study confirmed the estrogenic effects of alfalfa and its ability to target estrogen receptors.


5) Protect the heart

High cholesterol can cause arteriosclerosis and obstruction. As mentioned, medicago-sativa can lower cholesterol levels. Some animal studies have confirmed that sputum does prevent arterial occlusion, even in animals that consume large amounts of cholesterol.

In addition, flavonoid antioxidants in alfalfa can protect the heart.

♦ Lower cholesterol and blood pressure

♦ Improve blood vessel elasticity

♦ Against systemic inflammation and oxidative stress

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