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Sunday, January 17, 2010

The Benefits of Taking Alfalfa Supplements

Alfalfa A Superfood
Alfalfa supplements have been gaining popularity in the recent years.
The medicinal uses of alfalfa have existed for many years now and it is being used in traditional Chinese medicine as a remedy for kidney problems. Alfalfa is an herbaceous legume that grows perennially. It has been used for a long time as livestock and horse feeds and are claimed to make horses and other livestock strong and swift. Alfalfa is an Arab term which means "Father of All Foods," and it has taken its name due to its beneficial effect.

Alfalfa Nutrition

Alfalfa naturally has about 300 nutrients and phytonutrients. The alfalfa plant is a good source of proteins as it is composed of 50% alfalfa protein. It is rich in vitamins such as beta carotene, vitamins A, B1, B2, B5, B6, C, E and K, and is also a good source of minerals such as calcium, iron, copper, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, and sulphur. It is also a natural source of amino acids, and provides rich sources of 9 essential amino acids. Last but not the least, it contains phytonutrients such as saponins, octasonols and isoflavones that is responsible for some of its medicinal effects. Alfalfa is indeed a very healthy food.
While eating alfalfa legumes and leaves can potentially give you all these nutrients, the full benefits of alfalfa can be achieved by the intake of alfalfa supplements.

Alfalfa Supplements

Alfalfa supplements come in many forms. There are dried leaves available and they are also being sold as alfalfa extracts in liquid form. Supplements also come as 250 milligram to 1000 milligram alfalfa tablets or alfalfa capsules, and they are available in drug and health stores all over the world. Alfalfa supplement is mostly taken in tablet and capsule form. Dried alfalfa leaves can also be steeped into one pint of water for 20 minutes to make alfalfa tea.

Alfalfa Health Benefits

Intake of alfalfa supplements offers a wide range of health benefits. These benefits include:
• Reducing of bad cholesterol
• Promoting liver health
• Detoxifying the body of harmful toxins in the blood
• Reduction of blood sugar levels
• Relieving muscle and joint pains
• Alleviating menopausal symptoms and side effects
• Increasing energy levels
• Reducing fatigue due to vitamin and mineral deficiencies

Alfalfa Dosage

There is no standard alfalfa dosage that has to be strictly followed. The recommended dosage depends particularly on the purpose of taking the drug. Alfalfa tabs and alfalfa pills, for example, are usually taken 2-3 times everyday after meals for lowering cholesterol. Drinking two cups of alfalfa tea achieves the best results. • •

Alfalfa Side Effects and Precautions

Generally, alfalfa is safe to take for those who are healthy. However, some isolated reports have been found on allergic reactions to alfalfa supplements. There have also been reports that mention that alfalfa seeds and alfalfa sprouts contain amino acids and other components that can be harmful for people with autoimmune diseases. If you suffer from any illness or are taking estrogens, immune-suppressing drugs, diabetes agents and water pills, it is best to consult your doctor before taking alfalfa supplements.


  1. Muy interesante.
    Es importante mirar atrás en lo que puede ser beneficioso para nuestra salud. Y la alimentación y la cura de enfermedades puede encontrar una gran riqueza en la naturaleza.

    Gracias por compartirlo y enseñarnos.

    Muchos besos

  2. Estimado Doctor,:)
    Gracias por visitar esta tarde. La alfalfa es considerado un alimento estupendo para nosotros. Creo que es mejor comprar productos orgánicos si es posible. Quiero que sepas que siempre considerar y valorar lo que escribes.
    abrazos y besos Amega

  3. Thanks, Carl.

    Great article. I didn't realize that alfalfa was such a great healthy supplement, but I will have to check first before taking it.

  4. Hi Lauren..Yes is always good to get things cleared by the doc when there is a question.
    Alfalfa is packed with so many vitimans and minerals if a person can only take one thing this would be a wise choice.Organic is always best.