Deb Headworth

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alfalfa – cholesterol, allergies, blood sugar, arthritis

In allergy, arthritis, blood sugar, bursitis, cholesterol, digestion, heart disease, hot flash, IBS, liver, sinus, steroids on November 30, 2008 at 4:37 am

Alfalfa, the king of plants

  • reduces cholesterol
  • reduces blood sugar levels 
  • enzymes break down food
  • thins mucas (sinus, intestinal)
  • alleviates allergies / congestion
  • promotes liver health
  • detoxifies the body
  • relieve pain and stiffness of arthritis/bursitis
  • anti-cancer activity because of isoflavone/phytoestrogens content
  • alleviate postmenopausal “hot flashes”. 1
  • If cut before it blooms, alfalfa is low in fiber and high in energy. 
  • improves soil structure and condition, and controls weeds in subsequent crop rotations.
  • Alfalfa is a good source of protein, B-complex vitamins, and certain minerals, including calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous, and potassium.
  • Alfalfa could help prevent fatigue associated with vitamin/mineral deficiency or protein energy malnutrition in disadvantaged parts of the world. 
  • absorbs significant quantities of cholesterol. The direct interaction of saponins and cholesterol is thought to be responsible for the ability of alfalfa and other saponin-containing plant materials to reverse diet induced cholesterolemia in rats. Alfalfa saponins also interact with cholesterol found in intestinal cell membranes. This potentially alters cholesterol metabolism by interfering with intestinal absorption of cholesterol. 3
  • absorbs bile acids in the small intestine which then enter the large intestine and are eliminated along with steroids.  Since steroids normally facilitate cholesterol absorption, their elimination provides another possible mechanism to reverse or prevent cholesterolemia. 4
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References

  1. Alfalfa, Supplementwatch.com, 2002 
  2. International Forage Factsheet Series, http://www.forages.css.orst.edu/Topics/Species/Legumes/Alfalfa/International_Fact_Sheet.html
  3. Hwang J, Sevanian A, Hodis H, Ursini F. Synergistic Inhibition of LDL Oxidation by Phytoestrogens and Ascorbic Acid. Free Radical Biol Med, 29(1); 2000:79-89; Malinow M, McLaughlin P, Stafford C, Livingston A, Kohler G. Alfalfa saponins and alfalfa seeds. Atherosclerosis, 37;1980:433-438; Molgaard J, von Schenck H, Olsson A. Alfalfa seeds lower low density lipoprotein cholesterol and apolipoprotein B concentrations in patients with type II hyperlipoproteinemia. Atherosclerosis, 65,1987:173-79.
  4. Story J, LePage S, Petro M, West L, Cassidy M, Lightfoot F, Vahouny G. Interactions of alfalfa plant and sprout

 

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Clogged intestine?

In allergy, crohn's disease, digestion, intestine on September 19, 2008 at 1:09 pm

Causes? 

A variety of factors can cause the intestine to get ‘clogged’ or coated, leading to mal-absorption or allergy issues.

  • insufficient fiber: most Americans eat 5-7 grams of fiber (recommended 25-50 grams)
  • Candida overgrowth causing ‘leaky gut’ (microscopic holes in intestinal walls allowing foods to enter bloodstream and causing histamine overproduction & antibody formation)
  • insufficient pure water intake
  • too much refined sugar
  • too many processed foods stripped of live enzymes
  • inefficient enzyme production or hydrochloric acid in the stomach
  • food allergy / sensitivity causing undigested food to coat the intestine
  • more

Solutions?

Bumpy arms?

In allergy, crohn's disease, digestion, intestine on September 18, 2008 at 9:19 pm

            

Have raised bumps on the back of your arms? 

  • Although many don’t realize this, colorless or red raised bumps on the back of the arm often indicate a delayed allergic reaction (food sensitivity) to …dairy. 
  • Sometimes it’s not the dairy, but the mold (cheese) that causes the problem.
  • The bumps can indicate the body’s response to a lack of enzyme production in the stomach. 
  • A lack of enzyme production can lead to Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), constipation, bad breath, diarrhea, coated mouth, intestinal bloating, intestinal pain/cramping, Crohn’s Disease, undigested food causing mal-absorption issues, and all the problems associated with mal-absorption (mood, ADD, nervous system problems, etc).

Solutions?

  1. Basic Program for health
  2. Alfalfa – 10, 1-4 times a day. 
  3. Digestive aid (enzymes) to help your body digest the dairy.  If this works for you, you won’t have to avoid dairy products! 
  4. Starter Cleanse.  This will help remove the allergen & excessive histamine production.  What does this mean?  No more bumps for you! 
  5. Contact us for a complimentary health consult. 
  6. Health Quotient  Quickly discover the state of your overall health.  (Only correct contact info will allow us to share your results with you.)
  7. more about Allergies

Intestinal pain?