Are you a regular 5-a-day person? Do you get your daily dose of fruit and veg? Is Alfalfa part of your regular diet? This plant has a wide range of health benefits and some proponents even claim it can prevent hair loss.
What is Alfalfa?
Alfalfa is a plant which has roots that grow 20 to 30 feet into the ground. It is rich in minerals that can only be found at that depth. The name Alfalfa is Arabic and it translates as ‘Father of Plants’. The reason Alfalfa has this rather grand title is because it provides a huge array of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that play an important part in keeping our bodies healthy. As well as being a source of protein, Alfalfa provides vitamin A, vitamin B1, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, and vitamin K. It is also the richest land source of trace minerals and contains calcium, potassium, carotene, iron, and zinc. It can be consumed as seeds, leaves or supplements.
Alfalfa for Health
The Chinese have used this plant since the 6th century to treat several diseases including:
– Kidney problems, fluid retention and swelling
– Auto-immune disorders
– Digestive, skeletal, glandular and urinary problems
– Blood, liver and bowel disorders
– High cholesterol levels
– Preventing strokes
– Whooping cough
– Reducing blood sugar levels (for diabetics)
Alfalfa for Hair Loss
Some claim that Alfalfa can also be used to help restore hair and prevent hair loss when combined with equal amounts of carrot and lettuce juice and taken daily.
So will this superfood really stop hair loss? “No doubt, that Alfalfa is a highly nutritious food hence it is considered a medicinal plant,” says Senior Hair Specialist at the Belgravia Centre, Leonora Doclis, “However, Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss are caused by Dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and genetics. Although a highly nutritious plant can help the quality of hair growth, it is unlikely to stimulate the hair to grow.”
When it comes to genetic hair loss and certain other types of hair loss, there are a large number of products available but only two treatments for hair loss have shown sufficient evidence in large clinical studies that they can stabilise hair loss and restore lost hair. Minoxidil can be used by men and women while Propecia is suitable for men only.
Belgravia has achieved great success treating clients by prescribing these treatments combined with suitable hair growth boosters. As a result of these tailored treatment programmes, our clients are able to manage a wide range of hair loss conditions, incuding Male Pattern Baldness and Female Pattern Hair Loss.
Eating a balanced diet that includes a wide range of fruit, vegetables and plants such as Alfalfa is important to keep the hair strong however it is important not to consume too much of any one food source as the body will be unable to process it and ironically it could cause health problems and lead to hair loss. Excessive consumption of alfalfa may lead to the breakdown of red blood cells, which is extremely serious. Alfalfa should be avoided in any form during pregnancy because of its potential canavanine content and hormonally active saponins.
If you are noticing thinning hair or hair loss, it is important to have a diagnosis so that you know the cause and can treat it accordingly. Here at Belgravia we offer a free consultation with a hair specialist who will diagnose the condition and advise on suitable treatments. To book an appointment, just call 020 7730 6666 or message the centre. Alternatively, you can complete the online diagnostic form, which will take about 5 minutes, and one of our advisors will contact you.