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Alfalfa Sprouts Health Benefits

Alfalfa sprouts are derived from alfalfa seeds. They are white and thread-like, with tiny green tops. Alfalfa is a member of the pea family, and so is considered a legume.

 

Alfalfa is high in vitamins A and C, niacin, riboflavin, folic acid, and the minerals calcium, magnesium, iron, and potassium.

 

Alfalfa also contains bioflavonoid. Alfalfa sprouts is the top source of anti-oxidant among all vegetables.

 

By drinking this juice regularly, it could prevent untold number of degenerative diseases. Some examples are heart disease, menopausal symptoms, osteoporosis and even cancer.

 

Drinking alfalfa sprouts juice regularly will greatly boost your immune function as it increases the activity of your natural killer cells.

 

Alfalfa is available in capsules, which you may take daily as a nutritional supplement.

 

One or two capsules a day is recommended. You also can find bulk alfalfa leaves, which you can infuse to make a nourishing tea.

 

Alfalfa sprouts and leaf preparations help lower blood cholesterol levels. The saponins in alfalfa bind to cholesterol and prevent its absorption.

 

Alfalfa also has been studied for its ability to reduce atherosclerosis, or plaque build-up, on the insides of artery walls.

 

Alfalfa sprouts are tender and appropriate for use in salads, sandwiches and soups. When used appropriately and in moderation, alfalfa sprouts can be a healthy component of a balanced diet.

 

Alfalfa sprouts contain only 8 calories per serving, making this crunchy food an ideal choice for people who are trying to lose weight.

 

Self magazine grants alfalfa sprout a five-star rating as a weight loss aid, noting that it is low in calories, sugar, fat and saturated fat.

 

Alfalfa sprouts have been linked to outbreaks of salmonella or E. coli, with a high of four outbreaks in 1997.

 

Salmonella and E. coli are types of food borne illness that cause abdominal pain, nausea and vomiting.

 

You should rinse alfalfa sprouts thoroughly under running water for one to two minutes and allow them to drain before eating them.

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