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Re: Alfalfa Powder/Addendum

Posted by Michael L on 12/18/05
(3) Comments

    On 12/18/05, Michael L wrote:

    > Mary Kay,
    > Alfalfa is a great resource of vitamins, minerals, amino
    > acids, etc.
    > It is used to treat joint disorders, including arthritis, as
    > well as improving the blood and circulatory system in dogs.
    > Many years ago I used it along with shark cartilage for a
    > very arthritic dog of mine. It helps to increase synovial
    > fluid production in the joints. This was before the
    > introduction of glucosamine and chondroitin.
    > I would say you have nothing to lose and everything to gain.
    > Alfalfa is safe ans without side effects.

    Mary Kay,
    After going back to read your original post, I saw that you
    were asking about Alfalfa for birds. Sorry, I didn't see that
    in the first place.
    I found this for you and it applies directly to birds rather
    than animals in general.

    "ALFALFA--The leaves of the alfalfa plant are rich in minerals
    and nutrients, including calcium, magnesium, potassium, and
    carotene. It alkalizes and detoxifies the body, especially the
    liver, and it contains an anti-fungal agent. It is an excellent
    appetite stimulant and overall tonic and an excellent source of
    chlorophyll and vitamins. Treating with alfalfa leaves is
    perfectly safe, but alfalfa seeds contain a slightly toxic
    amino acid unless used in sprouted form. I keep a shaker of
    chopped organic alfalfa leaves and use it on my parrots' soft
    food mix twice a week."

    Michael L