Top 5 Benefits & Uses of Alfalfa for Hair

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Using alfalfa for hair is an excellent way to prevent hair loss and improve the overall appearance of your locks.

Alfalfa

Alfalfa, also known commonly as lucerne, is a perennial flowering plant that is native to warm, temperate climates. Most of the world’s alfalfa production occurs in North and South America.

Alfalfa grass is a common feed crop, as it has more nutrition than common grass or hay, and young alfalfa sprouts can be found at most grocery stores, where they are beloved by health enthusiasts. One of the reasons for alfalfa’s nutrient density is the plant’s super long root system, which can grow to 15m deep, providing a rich base of nutrients for a number of cosmetic and therapeutic applications.

Benefits of Alfalfa for Hair

In addition to its agricultural usefulness, alfalfa has long been thought to have many health benefits.

Alfalfa in a bowl

Alfalfa is widely known for its tolerance of drought, heat, and cold. Photo Credit: Shutterstock

Hair Loss

Aside from its consumption as food, alfalfa is most well known as a supplement to help prevent hair loss. The dense nutrients, as mentioned above, contribute to keeping the follicles strong and healthy, thus keeping your head of hair thick!

Hair Health

Alfalfa is also a wonderful way to help improve the strength of the hair and give it a healthy shine. Although many of the trials have been run on non-human primates, results from a study published in the Comparative Medicine journal by Melinda A. Novak and Jerrold S. Meyer, alfalfa does have certain components that can treat alopecia, a condition experienced by both primates and humans.

Hair Growth

Taken in tea or pill form usually, dried alfalfa leaf is of full of vitamins A, B1, B6, C, E, and K. Vitamins B1 and B6 are particularly important to hair growth, while C and E both help improve scalp circulation.

Baldness

Alfalfa also has several minerals that are key to hair health, like zinc, iron, potassium, calcium, manganese, folate, and carotene. Hair loss has been linked to a deficiency in iron, and zinc helps stimulate new hair growth by boosting your immunity. Alfalfa also contains silica, a nutrient which slows down baldness and hair loss. Silica may even help grow new hair as well.

Scalp Health

Lastly, alfalfa is a good source of protein, which is the primary component that makes up human hair. Protein also encourages new hair growth and scalp health.

How to Use Alfalfa for Hair

You can use alfalfa as a dried tea, or you can buy capsules or tablets that will deliver the necessary nutrients to boost hair health. Fresh alfalfa can be bought as sprouts, juiced, or even taken in powder forms.

Potential Side Effects of Alfalfa

Because alfalfa is high in vitamin K, it is not recommended for people on blood thinners or blood medication. It should be avoided in large quantities if you are pregnant, or have suffered from an autoimmune disease like lupus.

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John Staughton is a traveling writer, editor, publisher and photographer with English and Integrative Biology degrees from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (USA). He co-founded the literary journal, Sheriff Nottingham, and now serves as the Content Director for Stain’d Arts, a non-profit based in Denver, Colorado. On a perpetual journey towards the idea of home, he uses words to educate, inspire, uplift and evolve.

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