Father of All Foods slashes cholesterol by 18%

Written by Alex Reid
Posted June 3, 2019

Dear Reader,

Over 102 million adults in America struggle with high cholesterol.[i]

This is a huge deal. High cholesterol levels put many Americans at risk for the world's #1 killer — heart disease.[ii]

But here's the good news:

Researchers discovered that there's one food that can slash your cholesterol levels in just weeks.

It's called alfalfa.

This plant has been used for hundreds of years to nourish livestock.

But far before its use in agriculture, ancient medicine practices, including traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine, used this plant for its powerful healing potential.

Some of these uses include helping with jaundice, blood clotting, and digestion.

And get this: "Alfalfa" literally translates to "father of all foods."

There's no wonder how this powerhouse herb got its name; Alfalfa is packed full of vital nutrients including calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, vitamin C, vitamin K, and vitamin E.

Participants in one study were given 40 grams of alfalfa seeds for high cholesterol. They split the seeds up into three servings to have with breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

Over eight weeks, they had alfalfa seeds every day. The results: Their bad cholesterol levels were cut by 18%!

And guess what? Other than the addition of alfalfa seeds, they made zero changes to their diets.

Some participants' LDL cholesterol levels were reduced by a whopping 30%.

The study authors concluded that "alfalfa seeds can be added to the diet to help normalize serum cholesterol concentrations in patients with type II HLP."[iii]

Researchers believe that this cholesterol-lowering effect has to do with the high saponin content, which is a plant compound found to lower cholesterol.

Saponins start by decreasing the overall absorption of cholesterol in the gut. Then, they increase the excretion of compounds that are used to make new cholesterol.

However, since alfalfa is also highly potent in vitamins and minerals, this may also contribute to the overall lowering of cholesterol by supporting the body's proper functioning.

There are other ways that alfalfa can help promote a healthy heart, too. Research suggests that alfalfa has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

Studies found that it has the ability to decrease DNA damage and cell death by improving the body's ability to fight off free radicals as well as lower the production of new free radicals.[iv] [v]

With these incredible benefits, almost everyone should be using alfalfa. But, there are some people who should steer clear of it. 

Some research suggests that alfalfa is so powerful at modulating blood density that it can interfere with blood thinners. [vi]

According to the FDA, those with autoimmune disorders and compromised immune systems, as well as pregnant women, should stay on the safe side and avoid alfalfa.[vii]

It's considered safe for most people to consume 500–100 milligrams of dried alfalfa leaf daily or 1–2 milliliters of alfalfa tincture three times daily. 

You can use alfalfa in teas and smoothies, or you can simply enjoy some fresh sprouts on a salad. Give it a try and see how it works for you.

To your health,

Alex Reid
President, Clear Health Now


[i] https://www.cdc.gov/cholesterol/cholesterol_education_month.htm

[ii] https://www.cdc.gov/heartdisease/women.htm

[iii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/3606731

[iv] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27445214

[v] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22809031

[vi] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20617421

[vii] http://www.fda.gov/Food/RecallsOutbreaksEmergencies/Outbreaks/ucm487329.htm

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