Alfalfa is a herb which is known to have treatment effects by using its sprouts, leaves, and seeds. It can be helpful in quite a number of different diseases and illnesses, while some people use alfalfa as a source of vitamins A, C, E, and K4; and minerals potassium, phosphorous, calcium, and iron. Alfalfa works by preventing cholesterol absorption in the human gut.
Alfalfa proved to be safe for the majority of adults who use it. However, it is not desirable to take alfalfa seeds for a long period of time as this can be harmful for health. These seeds may lead to drug-induced lupus reactions. In some people Alfalfa might cause skin to become too sensitive to the sun. For this reason it is recommended to wear sunblock, especially if a person is light-skinned.
Alfalfa is prohibited if an individual has systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE); diabetes; a hormone sensitive condition such as breast cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, uterine cancer, or uterine fibroids; an organ transplant; an immune system disorder such as lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE),multiple sclerosis (MS), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), or some other "autoimmune disease."
Alfalfa is a legume with blue-violet flowers growing in many countries of the world. It was first used in Southeast Asia as a livestock forage. The Arabs fed their horses with alfalfa to make them faster and stronger. Its leaves are known to possess antidiabetic, anti-asthmatic and anti-arthritic properties, for treatment of dyspepsia. Alfalfa extracts are used in beverages and foods.
Alfalfa ingestion has been associated with different harmful effects. Alfalfa fresh sprouts and seeds can include bacteria such as S. enterica and E. coli. According to the FDA, this plant is not recommended for usage by the elderly people, children, and people with bad immune system. Generally speaking, ingestion of dried alfalfa preparations will not lead to severe side effects if used by healthy adults.
Alfalfa tablets were informed to reactivate systemic lupus erythematosus in two patients. As a result, there have been noticed some changes in intestinal cellular structure in rats who consumed alfalfa.