Alfalfa

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How does Alfalfa work?

Alfalfa seems to prevent cholesterol absorption in the gut.

Are there safety concerns?

Alfalfa seems to be safe for most adults. Taking alfalfa seeds long-term might not be safe. Alfalfa seed products may cause drug-induced lupus reactions.

Alfalfa might also cause some people's skin to become extra sensitive to the sun. Wear sunblock outside, especially if you are light-skinned.

Do not take alfalfa if:
  • You have systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE).
  • You have diabetes.
  • You have a hormone sensitive condition including breast cancer, uterine cancer, ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids.
  • You have received an organ transplant.
  • You have an immune system disorder such as multiple sclerosis (MS), lupus (systemic lupus erythematosus, SLE), rheumatoid arthritis (RA), or other immune system conditions called "autoimmune disease."

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