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Coumadin (warfarin) and BCP: Alfalfa contains large amounts of vitamin k which is used to help make clots. Coumadin (warfarin) is used to slow blood clotting. Alfalfa may decrease the effectiveness of coumadin (warfarin). Some birth control pills contain estrogen and taking alfalfa with them might decrease the effectiveness of the birth control pills- use a condom. ...Read more
Good stuff...: One cup of alfalfa sprouts is only 8 calories. It has 0.6 grams of dietary fiber. Alfalfa sprouts contain l-cavanine which could potentially cause a person with lupus to flare. There have been reports of incidents of contamination of alfalfa sprouts w e.Coli, listeria & salmonella. It may reduce effectiveness of blood thinning agents & estrogenic activity might impact hormone therapies. ...Read more
Seed unsafe longterm: The seeds are unsafe longterm and may cause reactions similar to the autoimmune disease lupus. It may also cause the skin to become sensitive to the sun. It is unsafee to use during pregnancy and breast feeding because of its estrogen like effect. Autoimmune diseases might flare up from taking alfalfa.Hormone sensitive conditons as breast , uterine, ovarian, cancer and endometriosis might worsen. ...Read more
No, but...: ...Alfalfa contains isoflavones which have a low and variable degree of estrogen like activity in animal models. One would have to consume a lot of alfalfa to have much of an effect, and there are side effects associated with this supplement which would need to be seriously considered first. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
TheJoyOfSoyForTheBoy: Yes,the male cows fed them: they grow bigger.As for you, if you're worried about the estrogen effects of soy isoflavones,I wouldn't.You'd have to eat a cow's worth every day and even then, it's doubrful you'd soon be buying lipstick.Humans metabolize them efficiently and there aren't many legit studies that demonstrate much of a problem.Eat in moderation- and let me know if your bra size changes. ...Read more
Unproved, but...: Alfalfa has been touted to contain numerous important nutrients benefitting overall health with prostate issues included, but its long-term values yet remains to be seen. So, you may try it for 3-6 months and see if money allows. Remember anything happens to use is always not just a process of lifelong making but a results from multiple factors, among them aging is the chief culprit. ...Read more
Forgive my frankness: You will be told at various times by "environmentally conscious persons" that estrogens in the diet and the environment are ruining humankind and other living things, and that "phytoestrogens" are also extremely good for you. After 30 years, I'm totally unimpressed, and most of the claims have fizzled scientifically. Others here may disagree, but I say eat what you wish. ...Read more
Little estrogen?: Not sure that's true. It can reduce immune e responses. Minimize its use ...Read more
Yes it is safe: It is not clear if effective, but not harmful. ...Read more
Probably safe but...: Alfalfa is a field plant that can be cultivated to feed livestock or grow wild as a weed. If you believed all (or it seems to me any) of the therapeutic claims made by folks selling it, you'd be reading uncritically. The big concern is an unusual Amino Acid in alfalfa which in non-human animals is used in a model of lupus. Whether alfalfa really causes lupus in humans is unclear. ...Read more
Yes: Unless you have an allergy no interactions with alfalfa and thyroid. ...Read more
I have been taking alfalfa supplements to stimulate appetite to help gain weight. Is this safe? Could i get sick?
How long should i stop consuming alfalfa leaf before sun exposure ? I only take around 300 mg pill per day and my honey moon is next month
Stop now: Alfalfa sprouts and extracts are used to treat a number of conditions (high cholesterol, asthma, diabetes etc). Prolonged use can lead to sun sensitivity and an auto immune condition similar to lupus, you should stop now. This will ensure that it is completely cleared from your system. In addition remember to use a sun screen, applying every 2 hours to provide maximum protection. ...Read more
I am taking levofloxacin 750 mg and I took one dosage of alfalfa (3 capsules) not realizing that they might not be able to be mixed. Will this be okay?
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