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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
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 more
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?
Why do you ask?: I've been in lab medicine for 40 years and this is the first I hear of a blood test for chlorophyll. There are some charlatans who promote magic chlorophyll, for example from alfalfa, to help people beat drug tests and otherwise accomplish miracles -- it's all fake and is actually a cruel prank. You're clever enough to have found "HealthTap" -- please be discerning. ...Read more
How long to stop taking alfalfa supplement (took 300 mg /day for 10 days)before sun exposure and beach vacation?
Not clear: I could not find a specific answer to your question other than use sunscreen if consuming Alfalfa. Alfalfa has many potentially serious side effects and you may want to reconsider its use. See http://www. Webmd. Com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-19-ALFALFA. Aspx? ActiveIngredientId=19&activeIngredientName=ALFALFA ...Read more
Unlikely: The effect of phytoestrogens on male and female adults and on infants has been extensively studied without any significant adverse effects being conclusively shown. Thanks for trusting HealthTap! ...Read more
Likely fine: Usually leaves are not considered allergens (except for the sap sometimes causing contact skin allergy) but if you are highly allergic to alfalfa pollen, you may get some itching in the mouth or throat area if the leaves are contaminated with pollen. Even then the risk is low since the hot water in preparing the tea will likely destroy the allergens in the pollen. ...Read more
I bought a drink called suja. It has chorlella and alfalfa grass. Is it safe while I'm breastfeeding?
Yes: Both are natural products and provide good nutrients. ...Read more
Alfalfa ok: It is reported that alfalfa increases milk supply it also is supposed to increase the fat content of breast milk. ...Read more
I have been reading up on the benefits of Alfalfa supplements. I have high cholesterol and stage 3 Glomerulosclerosis and High BP. Should I use it?
It's placebo: Hi. Alfalfa is placebo, but probably harmless. Don't neglect to use real medicine for your hypertension and dyslipidemia. Placebos are fine for the "worried well" (of which there are many). However, you have REAL medical problems, and I suggest you stick with drugs shown to be effective and safe. Good luck. ...Read more