Alfalfa is a common plant with leaves and roots that are rich in protein, iron, and many vitamins. It can be taken in pill, powder, or seed form. You can also drink it as a tea or eat it.
There are no advised doses for alfalfa.
There is not enough data to support that alfalfa is helpful in treating health problems. We will review future studies as they are published.
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It is likely safe to ingest alfalfa when cooked. Raw alfalfa can carry harmful bacteria. It is likely safe when small amounts are taken for a short time. Not enough studies have been done to say whether it is safe to use for a long period.
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Last reviewed March 2019 by EBSCO NAT Review Board Eric Hurwitz, DC
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