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Alfalfa Extract

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  • Alfalfa (Medicago sativa L.) - M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
  • Alfalfa - The Natural Pharmacist - "Alfalfa in its various forms may present some health risks. Powdered alfalfa herb, alfalfa sprouts, and alfalfa seeds all contain L-cavanine a substance that may cause abnormal blood cell counts, spleen enlargement, or recurrence of lupus in patients with controlled disease. However, heating alfalfa may correct this problem ... In some of the monkeys, it caused a disease very similar to lupus"
  • Lupus - The Natural Pharmacist - "The herb alfalfa contains a substance called L-canavanine, which can worsen SLE or bring it out of remission. Individuals with SLE should avoid alfalfa entirely"
  • True or False: Alfalfa Extract Lowers Cholesterol - WebMD, 4/12/01 - "A handful of small European studies suggest this product, sold in nutrition centers and health food stores in the U.S. under the brand name Cholestaid, may work as well as the widely prescribed cholesterol-lowering drugs known as statins ... While I was taking it my good cholesterol [also called HDL cholesterol] got better and my bad cholesterol [LDL] got better," she says. "I didn't do anything different, so it had to be the supplements."