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Nom scientifique : Medicago sativa

Synonyms : buffalo grass, Spanish clover

Part(s) used

Sprouted seeds, aerial parts (when beginning to flower)

Principal constituents

Vitamins (A, B1, B6, B12, C, D, E and K) and beta-carotene, folic acid, minerals and trace elements, phytoestrogens, isoflavons and coumarins

Recognized therapeutic effects

  • None recognized

Traditional use

  • Nutritional supplement


  • Pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • Ovarian or breast cancer, history of hormono-dependent cancer in close relatives. The isoflavones contained in alfalfa are phytoestrogens and, consequently, can directly stimulate the growth of an estrogen-dependant tumour

Please note: Cases of recurrence of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have been reported in subjects using alfalfa

Drug interactions

  • None documented

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