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Alfalfa seeds

Alfalfa seeds. Coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM) of Alfafa (Medicago sativa) seeds. Alfalfa, also known as lucerne, is cultivated as an important forage crop (eaten by grazing livestock). It is thought that consuming heat-treated alfalfa seeds may reduce cholesterol, though there are health risks associated with high doses. It can also be used as a galactagogue, a substance that induces lactation. The seeds are usually sprouted and eaten raw. Magnification x10 when printed at 10 centimetres wide

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Alternative Astringent Complementary Crop Culinary Edible Herbal Medicine Herbal Treatment Legume Medicinal Nutrition Nutritious Perennial S Eed Seed Sprouted Sweet Therapy Vege Table Alfalfa False Coloured Health Care Lucerne Medicago Sativa Protein

This print showcases the intricate beauty of Alfalfa seeds, captured through a coloured scanning electron micrograph (SEM). These tiny seeds belong to the plant Medicago sativa, commonly known as Alfalfa or lucerne. Revered for its role as an essential forage crop consumed by grazing livestock, this versatile plant offers more than just sustenance. Studies suggest that consuming heat-treated alfalfa seeds may have cholesterol-reducing properties, making it a potential ally in maintaining heart health. However, caution must be exercised due to associated health risks at high doses. Additionally, these nutritious seeds can serve as a galactagogue – a substance that stimulates lactation in nursing mothers. Typically sprouted and eaten raw, Alfalfa seeds offer not only culinary delight but also numerous medicinal benefits. With their rich protein content and multiple therapeutic applications, they have found their place in alternative medicine practices. The false-coloured SEM image magnifies them tenfold when printed at 10 centimetres wide, allowing us to appreciate their biological intricacies. In the realm of botany and flora exploration, this print serves as a reminder of nature's bountiful offerings. It highlights the intersection between food crops and healthcare solutions while emphasizing the importance of nutrition and holistic well-being. Let this vibrant image inspire curiosity about our natural world's wonders and encourage further exploration into the diverse realms of science and biology.

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