What Is Alfalfa Extract?
Alfalfa, Medicago sativa also called lucerne, is a perennial flowering plant in the pea family Fabaceae cultivated as an important forage crop in many countries around the world. It is used for grazing, hay, and silage, as well as a green manure and cover crop. The name alfalfa is used in North America. The name lucerne is the more commonly used name in the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. The plant superficially resembles clover (a cousin in the same family), especially while young, when trifoliate leaves comprising round leaflets predominate. Later in maturity, leaflets are elongated. It has clusters of small purple flowers followed by fruits spiralled in 2 to 3 turns containing 10–20 seeds. Alfalfa is native to warmer temperate climates. It has been cultivated as livestock fodder since at least the era of the ancient Greeks and Romans. Alfalfa sprouts are a common ingredient in dishes made in South Indian cuisine.
Composition of Alfalfa
Alfalfa is rich in chlorophyll, carotene, protein, calcium and other minerals, vitamins in the B group, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E, and vitamin K.The sun-dried hay of alfalfa has been found to be a source of vitamin D, containing 48 ng/g (1920 IU/kg) vitamin D2 and 0.63 ng/g (25 IU/kg) vitamin D3. There is reference to vitamin D2 and vitamin D3 being found in the alfalfa shoot; this is awaiting verification.
Health Benefits of Alfalfa Extract
- The United States National Institutes of Health (US NIH) reports there is “Insufficient evidence to rate effectiveness [of alfalfa] for” the following:
- High cholesterol. Taking alfalfa seeds seems to lower total cholesterol and “bad” low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol in people with high cholesterol levels.
- Kidney problems.
- Bladder problems.
- Prostate problems.
- Upset stomach.
- Other conditions.
Further, the US NIH has identified several safety concerns and medication interactions. US NIH summarizes:
Alfalfa leaves are POSSIBLY SAFE for most adults. However, taking alfalfa seeds long-term is LIKELY UNSAFE. Alfalfa seed products may cause reactions that are similar to the autoimmune disease called lupus erythematosus.
Alfalfa might also cause some people’s skin to become extra sensitive to the sun.
As noted above, raw unsprouted alfalfa has toxic effects in primates, including humans, which can result in lupus-like symptoms and other immunological diseases in susceptible individuals,US NIH calls out special precautions and warnings for the following:
- Pregnancy or breast-feeding: Using alfalfa in amounts larger than what is commonly found in food is possibly unsafe during pregnancy and breast-feeding. There is some evidence that alfalfa may act like estrogen, and this might affect the pregnancy.
- Auto-immune Diseases: Alfalfa might cause the immune system to become more active, and this could increase the symptoms of these diseases.
- Hormone-sensitive conditions (such as breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids:) Alfalfa might have the same effects as the female hormone estrogen.
- Diabetes: Alfalfa might lower blood sugar levels.
- Kidney transplant: There is one report of a kidney transplant rejection following the three-month use of a supplement that contained alfalfa and black cohosh. This outcome is more likely due to alfalfa than black cohosh. Alfalfa’s immune system boost might make the anti-rejection drug cyclosporine less effective.
US NIH warns that alfalfa interacts with Warfarin (Coumadin) in a major way; the two should not be combined. US NIH warns that alfalfa interacts with the following medicine types moderately; the user should be cautious when taking alfalfa with these:
- Birth control pills (Contraceptive drugs)
- Estrogens – Large amounts of alfalfa might have some of the same effects as estrogen. However even large amounts of alfalfa are not as strong as estrogen pills. Taking alfalfa along with estrogen pills might decrease the effects of estrogen pills.
- Medications for diabetes (Antidiabetes drugs)
- Medications that decrease the immune system (Immunosuppressants)
- Medications that increase sensitivity to sunlight (Photosensitizing drugs)
US NIH warns that alfalfa may interact with herbs and supplements associated with the following:
- Those that might lower blood sugar
- Vitamin E
Refer to for the most current information and details.
Dosage of Alfalfa Extract
Alfalfa extract are used commonly as a supplement to lower cholesterol at doses of 0.75 to 3g/day. However, clinical trials have not been performed to validate this dosage.
Certificate of Analysis
|Particle size||100% pass 80 mesh||USP32<786>||Complies|
|Loss on Drying||≤5.0%||Eur.Ph.6.0[2.8.17]||Complies|
|Solvents Residue||Meet Eur.Ph6.0<5.4>||Eur.Ph 6.0<2.4.24>||Complies|
|Total bacterial count||≤1000cfu/g||USP30<61>||Complies|
|Yeast & mold||≤100cfu/g||USP30<61>||Complies|
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