Alfalfa supplements can be used in powdered form, taken as a tablet or used to make tea. Because so few human studies have been done on alfalfa seeds, leaves or extract, it’s hard to recommend a safe or effective dose.
Herbal supplements are also notorious for not containing what is listed on the label, so be sure to do your research and buy from a reputable manufacturer. Another way to add alfalfa to your diet is by eating it as sprouts. Alfalfa sprouts can be added to your diet in many ways, such as in a sandwich or mixed into a salad.
- You can buy these at health food stores or sprout them at home. Here’s how:
- Add 2 tablespoons of alfalfa seeds to a bowl, jar or sprouter and cover them with 2–3 times the amount of cool water.
- Let them soak overnight or about 8–12 hours.
- Drain and rinse the sprouts well with cool water. Drain them again, removing as much water as possible.
- Store the sprouts out of direct sunlight and at room temperature for 3 days. Rinse and drain them thoroughly every 8–12 hours.
- On day 4, relocate the sprouts to an area with indirect sunlight to allow for photosynthesis. Continue to rinse and drain them well every 8–12 hours.
- On day 5 or 6, your sprouts are ready to eat.
However, be mindful of the high risk of bacterial contamination. It’s a good idea to take precautions to ensure the sprouts are grown and stored in safe conditions.
In conclusion, you can take supplements or eat alfalfa sprouts. Sprouts can easily be added to sandwiches, salads and more. You can either purchase sprouts or make your own at home.