Experientia

, Volume 36, Issue 5, pp 562–564

Alfalfa seeds: Effects on cholesterol metabolism

Authors

  • M. R. Malinow
    • Oregon Regional Primate Research Center
    • University of Oregon Health Sciences Center
  • P. McLaughlin
    • Oregon Regional Primate Research Center
    • University of Oregon Health Sciences Center
  • C. Stafford
    • Oregon Regional Primate Research Center
    • University of Oregon Health Sciences Center
Specialia

DOI: 10.1007/BF01965801

Cite this article as:
Malinow, M.R., McLaughlin, P. & Stafford, C. Experientia (1980) 36: 562. doi:10.1007/BF01965801

Summary

Plasma cholesterol concentrations were reduced in 3 human volunteers during ingestion of diets containing alfalfa seeds (AS) for 3 weeks. No signs of toxicity were detected through serum determinations of multiple parameters. The ingestion of AS in rats decreased the concentration of plasma cholesterol, reduced intestinal absorption of exogenous and endogenous cholesterol, and increased fecal biliary excretion.

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© Birkhäuser Verlag 1980