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The American Botanical Council (ABC) is passionate about helping people live healthier lives through the responsible use of herbs and medicinal plants. As an independent, nonprofit education organization, ABC is dedicated to providing accurate and reliable information for consumers, healthcare practitioners, researchers, educators, industry and the media.

Please enjoy this information on alfalfa made available through the generosity of Loomis Enzymes' adoption.

Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) is an economically important perennial forage plant in the pea family, Fabaceae. It is native to warm, temperate regions of the world and may have its origin in south central Asia. Also called lucerne, alfalfa is used as hay, silage, green manure, and a cover crop. Alfalfa has been used traditionally as a diuretic, to break up kidney stones, for treating arthritis, and for increasing breast milk production. There is some evidence for alfalfa's use for female hormonal balance, lowering cholesterol, and promoting hair, skin and nail growth.

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