Alfalfa

 

(Leafy Sprout)

Alfalfa sprouts are what people typically think of when you mention sprouts. They are the ones you commonly see at a salad bar. Rich in phytochemicals, they protect against cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis and fibrocystic breast disease. They stimulate natural killer cell activity, which strengthens the immune system. What's more, they are beneficial in reducing symptoms of PMS and menopause, including hot flashes. Furthermore, they contain high concentrations of antioxidants, the body's defense against the destruction of DNA which is the cause of aging. Alfalfa sprouts are abundant sources of vitamins A, B, C, E and K, the minerals calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and zinc. Also carotene, chlorophyll, amino acids and trace elements. They contain 35% protein. One pound of alfalfa seed produces 10-14 pounds of sprouts.

Alfalfa is one of the most complete and rich of all foods. In addition to its high content of vitamins and minerals, it is also high in proteins. Furthermore, it also contains every essential amino acid. Its detoxification surpasses most of other food tested. Higher resistance to disease and prevention of exhaustion were also reported in tests.

Another study showed that Alfalfa contains eight essential enzymes that are important for food digestion. Being more technical, Alfalfa contains vitamin A, D, E, K, U, C, B1, B2, B6, B12, Niacin, Panthothanic acid, Inocitole, Biotin, and Folic acid. In the mineral range, it contains Phosphorus, Calcium, Potassium, Sodium, Chlorine, Sulfur, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese, Iron, Cobalt, Boron, and Molybdenum. It also contains fiber, Proteins, and trace elements such as Nickel, Lead, Strontium and Palladium. Therefore, it can be safely assumed that with few daily cups of combined Mung Beans and Alfalfa, as a supplement to your food; can make a world of difference.

 

 

Alfalfa, mature seeds, sprouted, raw

Nutrient Units Value per
100 grams of
edible portion
Sample
Count
Std.
Error
1 cup
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33 g
Proximates
Water g 91.14 10 1.226 30.076
Energy kcal 29 0 9.570
Energy kj 121 0 39.930
Protein g 3.99 10 0.563 1.317
Total lipid (fat) g 0.69 10 0.141 0.228
Ash g 0.40 10 0.044 0.132
Carbohydrate, by difference g 3.78 0 1.247
Fiber, total dietary g 2.5 0 0.825
Minerals
Calcium, Ca mg 32 10 4.659 10.560
Iron, Fe mg 0.96 10 0.114 0.317
Magnesium, Mg mg 27 10 3.978 8.910
Phosphorus, P mg 70 10 7.914 23.100
Potassium, K mg 79 10 9.790 26.070
Sodium, Na mg 6 10 1.094 1.980
Zinc, Zn mg 0.92 10 0.273 0.304
Copper, Cu mg 0.157 10 0.017 0.052
Manganese, Mn mg 0.188 10 0.019 0.062
Selenium, Se mcg 0.6 0 0.198
Vitamins
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid mg 8.2 10 0.678 2.706
Thiamin mg 0.076 10 0.005 0.025
Riboflavin mg 0.126 10 0.017 0.042
Niacin mg 0.481 10 0.044 0.159
Pantothenic acid mg 0.563 10 0.069 0.186
Vitamin B-6 mg 0.034 10 0.005 0.011
Folate, total mcg 36 10 0.800 11.880
Folic acid mcg 0 0 0.000
Folate, food mcg 36 10 0.800 11.880
Folate, DFE mcg_DFE 36 0 11.880
Vitamin B-12 mcg 0.00 0 0.000
Vitamin A, IU IU 155 10 48.516 51.150
Retinol mcg 0 0 0.000
Vitamin A, RAE mcg_RAE 8 10 2.426 2.640
Vitamin E mg_ATE 0.020 0 0.007
Lipids
Fatty acids, total saturated g 0.069 0 0.023
4:0 g 0.000 0 0.000
6:0 g 0.000 0 0.000
8:0 g 0.000 0 0.000
10:0 g 0.000 0 0.000
12:0 g 0.000 0 0.000
14:0 g 0.002 0 0.001
16:0 g 0.059 0 0.019
18:0 g 0.008 0 0.003
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated g 0.056 0 0.018
16:1 undifferentiated g 0.000 0 0.000
18:1 undifferentiated g 0.056 0 0.018
20:1 g 0.000 0 0.000
22:1 undifferentiated g 0.000 0 0.000
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated g 0.409 0 0.135
18:2 undifferentiated g 0.234 0 0.077
18:3 undifferentiated g 0.175 0 0.058
18:4 g 0.000 0 0.000
20:4 undifferentiated g 0.000 0 0.000
20:5 n-3 g 0.000 0 0.000
22:5 n-3 g 0.000 0 0.000
22:6 n-3 g 0.000 0 0.000
Cholesterol mg 0 0 0.000
Amino acids
Threonine g 0.134 1 0.044
Isoleucine g 0.143 1 0.047
Leucine g 0.267 1 0.088
Lysine g 0.214 1 0.071
Valine g 0.145 1 0.048