I am experimenting again. I always seem to find some sort of experiment to try on myself. I started taking alfalfa leaf tablets (Medicago sativa) today as a possible long-term health rejuvenating supplement depending on how my body likes them and what differences I notice if any. I have to be very careful in what I take because I am thin and have a fast metabolism. I can have strong reactions to substances no matter what they are or how healthful they are reported to be for other people.
Alfalfa is a whole food which appeals much more to me than taking minerals in a more processed capsule, tablet or liquid form. I used to drink alfalfa tea years ago and absolutely loved the taste of it. Have you ever smelled a freshly mowed alfalfa field? It kind of makes me want to kick up my heels and whinny! 😀 I used to take the tablets as well back then. Now I am trying them again.
In looking at info on the Web I only see a few possible detriments from using alfalfa. The listed possible benefits are extensive and can be found at this link. I’ve included the cautions below.
Warning: Alfalfa today may be GMO, depending on the source.
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
- recurrence oflupus in patients with controlled disease
Heating Alfalfa may correct this problem
Alfalfa should not be eaten by pregnant or nursing women or young children due to:
- its ability to bring on menstruation (periods)
- the estrogenic effects of some of Alfalfa’s components
Drug Interactions:Do not use Alfalfa without first talking to your practitioner or healthcare provider if you taking any of the following medications:
- Warfarin (Coumadin) (the high vitamin K content in Alfalfa could make the drug less effective)