Extracted from the alfalfa which is a perennial herb that grows throughout the world in a variety of climates. Alfalfa grows to about 3 feet and has blue- violet flowers that bloom from July to September.
Alfalfa is a good laxative and natural diuretic that promotes urine flow and is often used to treat urinary tract infections and eliminate excess retained water. Alfalfa is especially useful for replacing vitamin K that is depleted during treatment with a wide variety of drugs, including antibiotics. Alfalfa is an important crop for cattle and other animals, because of its high protein content, much higher than what is found in most grasses. Alfalfa means “the father of all foods”. People do not typically eat alfalfa grass, because the high fiber content. However, a young tender alfalfa sprout is a favorite health food.
Alfalfa extract Benefits:
1. Preventing some of the damage from diabetes and blood sugar levels, because of its antioxidant and Phyto-nutrient content.
2. Treat anemia by helping build iron levels in blood due to its iron content.
3. Treat bladder disorders.
4. Lower unhealthy cholesterol leves.
5. Prevent prostate problems.
How alfalfa extract works:
The vitamin K found in alfalfa can affect the anticoagulant effect of warfarin, resulting in decreased anticoagulant activity and lowered prothrombin time. Based on the potential immunostimulating effect of alfalfa, it has been theorized that alfalfa may interfere with the immunosuppressive action of corticosteroids (eg, prednisone) or cyclosporine.
Alfalfa extract Dosage:
For high cholesterol: a typical dose is 5-10 grams of the herb, or as a steeped strained tea, three times a day. 5-10 mL of a liquid extract (1:1 in 25% alcohol) three times a day has also been used.
Alfalfa ingestion, especially of the seeds, has been associated with various deleterious effects. Alfalfa seeds and fresh sprouts can be contaminated with bacteria such as S. enterica and E. coli. The FDA issued an advisory indicating that children, the elderly, and people with compromised immune systems should avoid eating alfalfa sprouts. In general, ingestion of dried alfalfa preparations does not cause serious side effects in healthy adults.
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