Experientia

, Volume 36, Issue 5, pp 562–564 | Cite as

Alfalfa seeds: Effects on cholesterol metabolism

  • M. R. Malinow
  • P. McLaughlin
  • C. Stafford
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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

Authors and Affiliations

  • M. R. Malinow
    • 1
    • 2
  • P. McLaughlin
    • 1
    • 2
  • C. Stafford
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Oregon Regional Primate Research CenterBeavertonUSA
  2. 2.University of Oregon Health Sciences CenterPortlandUSA

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