Alfalfa sprouts are the shoots of the alfalfa plant, harvested before they become the full-grown plant. Because they are so small, the sprouts contain a concentrated amount of certain vitamins and minerals such as calcium, vitamin K and vitamin C. Alfalfa sprouts contain just 8 calories and 0 grams of fat per cup.
Vitamin K helps with blood clotting when you injure yourself or have surgery. Your intestines make some vitamin K, but the rest of what you need should come from nutritious foods. A vitamin K deficiency, though uncommon, can cause excessive bleeding. The daily requirement of vitamin K is 90 micrograms for women and 120 micrograms for men. One cup of alfalfa sprouts contains 10.1 micrograms of vitamin K.
One cup of alfalfa sprouts supplies 2.7 milligrams of the 75 to 90 milligrams of vitamin C you need each day for a strong immune system and healthy skin. A serving of alfalfa sprouts supplies small amounts of bone-building calcium and potassium for healthy muscles and a normal heart beat. You also get tiny doses of magnesium, iron, folate and vitamin A from a serving of alfalfa sprouts.
Alfalfa sprouts are one of the most significant dietary sources of phytoestrogens, which are beneficial compounds in plant foods that can help reduce your risk of heart disease, cancer and osteoporosis, according to Michael T. Murray, author of “The Condensed Encyclopedia of Healing Foods.” The phytoestrogens in alfalfa sprouts might reduce symptoms of menopause as well. Murray also notes that alfalfa sprouts contain compounds called saponins, which can help lower your LDL, or bad, cholesterol while also increasing your HDL, or “good” cholesterol. Saponins might also help boost your immunity.
Many people get the dreaded “Aparagus Pee Smell” when they eat this nutritious veggie…do you? I do! Have you ever experimented to see how little it takes to make your pee smell? For me it’s two tiny pieces! Like 2 inches of asparagus.