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Alfalfa protein, sometimes simply referred to as alfalfa powder, is a health and fitness supplement used to help increase the natural consumption of protein in the diet, along with numerous other nutrients as well. Alfalfa itself is a legume which has been used all over the world for centuries upon centuries, since way back in ancient Arabic times in fact. Translated, it’s name means ‘father of foods’ in Arabic, due to the fact that it is packed full of so many healthy nutrients and vitamins. Alfalfa plants actually sprout down extremely deep into the earth, and as they do sprout down so deeply, their roots are able to absorb huge quantities of minerals from the sub-soil, which is what makes it so incredibly nutritious. It is rich in chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fibre, saponins, flavonoids, amino acids, and great quality plant based protein.
To list each and every single health and nutrition-based aspect of how alfalfa protein works would take forever, so we’ll make it as simply and brief as possible. As far as the protein goes, the protein itself works in pretty much the same way as you would expect whey protein, pea protein, soy protein, or any other protein for that matter, to work. It is absorbed via the bloodstream where it is then transported along in the blood, along with oxygen and numerous other nutrients, where it feeds cells in the muscles all over the body. Once the cells have the necessary amounts of protein and nutrients, they can begin to regenerate and repair themselves following spells of intense exercise, thanks to a special technique known as protein synthesis. The vitamins and minerals found in the supplement also help to boost immune function and provide countless other benefits as well.
As mentioned, alfalfa protein powder is one of the most nutritionally rich plant-based protein supplements on the market, providing a whole heap of benefits including:
Ideally, alfalfa protein should be consumed one – three times per day, with at least one shake being consumed immediately following your workout. Combine 2 scoops with around 250ml water, mix or shake well, and then consume. It should gradually be included into the diet as it can have detox effects on the body, so the body will need to get used to it gradually.
Health Canada Recommended Dose (powder): Adults: 1 Scoop(s) 1 time(s) per day. Mix product well in 1-2 cups of liquid (water, juice, etc.) immediately before consumption. Store in a cool, dry place.
Alfalfa Protein can be taken with any of your favourite nutritional products such as glutamine, leucine, and/or BCAAs for a great muscle building recovery shake, Creapure creatine and even fruits for a healthy meal replacement smoothie and/or snack.
Medicinal Ingredients (per scoop): Alfalfa protein concentrate (Alfalfa protein concentrate, Medicago sativa - Herb top) .......................... 15.5 Grams (52 Percent Protein)
Non-Medicinal Ingredients: none.
As it can have a detox effect on the body as it is so full of healthy nutrients, at first, some users may experience diarrhea and increased urination as their bodies expel any toxins. Afterwards however, they will look, feel, and be, healthier than ever before, and provided it is consumed as instructed, there are no real side effects or dangers to be wary of.
Ensure to drink enough fluid before, during, and after exercise. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, consult a healthcare practitioner before using this product.