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Alfalfa

Postby Catt Queen » Wed Dec 28, 2011 9:33 am

I've started adding alfalfa powder to my morning shake after reading about it on MyProtein.co.uk -

Alfalfa is a legume which has been used as a food supplement since ancient Arabic times where its translated name means "father of all foods". Because the Alfalfa plant sprouts so deeply in to the earth, it draws a vast number of minerals from the sub-soil making it a nutritionally dense plant.

Alfalfa is considered one of the richest land sources of trace minerals. Alfalfa is also rich in chlorophyll, vitamins, saponins, sterols, flavonoids, coumarins and alkaloids, whilst also providing high levels of protein, carbohydrates and fibre. The dense combination of nutrients provide a number of health benefits including immune support, nutrient assimilation, improved digestion, alkalizing, liver cleansing and increased energy levels. Alfalfa has mild diuretic properties which may help the reduction of retained water and also improve the health of the urinary system.

Several studies have shown Alfalfa's greatest benefit to be that of controlling cholesterol levels. Although the exact function is not completely understood it is believed certain fibres and chemicals in Alfalfa appear to stick to cholesterol, keeping it from staying in the blood or depositing in blood vessels.

As a natural plant source, Alfalfa contains high levels of chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is similar in structure to Haemoglobin therefore it has been shown to increase the oxygen carrying capabilities of the blood. Oxygenated blood can provide numerous health benefits including increased energy, improved brain function and extra defences against unhealthy toxins.


It only arrived at 730am (amazing service as always) so have only had one dose, just wondering if anyone else uses it and whether it's made any difference... ? :)
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Re: Alfalfa

Postby Linnéa76 » Wed Dec 28, 2011 2:18 pm

It is a pretty powerful supplement! Which also means that if you're taking other supplements or medications
it's a good idea to check for possible interactions.
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Re: Alfalfa

Postby vCLaW » Wed Dec 28, 2011 2:23 pm

Why not get some alfalfa seeds and sprout them. The sprouts are nice in sandwiches or salad etc.
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Re: Alfalfa

Postby vegimator » Wed Dec 28, 2011 6:09 pm

They're good for you but you'd have to eat a lot of them to get much in the way of vitamins or minerals (like with most sprouts).
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Re: Alfalfa

Postby thestoatyone » Wed Dec 28, 2011 11:23 pm

Sounds alright, always a good idea to eat ya greens. Not sure about the chlorophyll = haemoglobin bit though, sounds a little Gillian Mackeith...
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Re: Alfalfa

Postby Catt Queen » Thu Dec 29, 2011 8:40 am

Day two... I'll let you know if I notice any benefit :)
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Re: Alfalfa

Postby powerlifer » Tue Jan 03, 2012 3:43 pm

I like using alfalfa powder especially after my far infrared sauna sessions to replace minerals.

Alfalfa has a deep root system which allows the roots to burrow deeper than many other plants which allows it to uptake more minerals.
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Re: Alfalfa

Postby 7bluewren » Sat Feb 04, 2012 10:19 pm

I've never had powder so I can't really answer your question but I really enjoy sprouts. And they are so so good for you. To get in more sprouts use them as a base for a salad (ie instead of lettuce). Also they are great in sandwiches. My favourite sandwich combo is sprouts & peanut butter. Alfalfa is great, mung bean sprouts are my favourite. You can sprout any bean yourself, you don't need to buy anything special. You can cook sprouted beans (or grains) or eat them raw. The greens all have lots of chlorophyll. Actually I forgot you can also juice them (the greens and grasses not the beans and grains, I'v never tried it but you could juice alfalfa), that would be an excellent way to get more sprouts in ( you would juice them with other veggies to make it taste a bit nicer!) I have found this website very helpful for sprout info http://sproutpeople.org/ I think sprouts are so overlooked :D
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