A Perfect Food



What if there were a food that contained protein, the major minerals (calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, etc), trace minerals (including iron and zinc), vitamins A, B, C, D, E and K, fiber, flavonoids, and an array of Alfalfaenzymes to help digest it all? What if it could be consumed in a number of different forms - tea, sprouts, tablets? What if it were shown to be beneficial for about a gazillion (that is a bit of an exaggeration, but not as much as you might think) different body problems, from bad breath to liver disorders, indigestion to infections, allergies to diabetes? What it if were really inexpensive to consume? Sound almost too good to be true? Fortunately, the key word there is "almost", because such a food really does exist.

Alfalfa, which means "father of all foods" in Arabic, has held a valued place in the ancient herbal traditions of India, China, Spain, and the Middle East.  What ancient healers learned through centuries of observation, and what we confirm today through science, is that alfalfa is a storehouse of nutrients.  Its tap root reaches down as deep as 20 feet, searching out nutrients and minerals from deposits in the soil, while its leaves gather large amounts of chlorophyll through the natural process of photosynthesis.  And all this is from a plant that stands only 2-3 feet high.  So kind of like an iceberg, the biggest and most significant part of it can't be seen.


We tend to have a pretty good sense of what the major minerals do, but alfalfa also contains a bunch of the trace minerals, which are increasingly difficult to get in our diet today.  Processed foods and foods grown on overworked soil yield little, if any, of these vital nutrients.  Trace minerals are needed (critically) by the body in amounts less than 1/10 of a gram per day.  Because its roots go so deep, alfalfa can collect these minerals from the soil that has not been overworked.  These minerals include iron and zinc, as mentioned above, as well as copper and iodine.  Daily amounts have been established for all four by the FDA.  But in addition, alfalfa contains chromium, molybdenum, selenium, manganese, tin, and nickel-all of which are also critically needed by the body for things like bone health, thyroid hormones, insulin production and utilization, enzyme production, red blood cell creation, and on and on.


Alfalfa is also very valuable for its vitamin content.  It contains about 8000 IU of Vitamin A for every 100 grams.  This compares favorable with apricots (7000) and beef liver (9000).  In addition, alfalfa is a good source of pyridoxine, one of the B vitamins and Vitamin E, whose great importance for the health of muscles and the heart is well known.  Alfalfa is regarded as the most reliable source of vitamin E for herbivorous animals.  In addition, it is extremely rich in vitamin K, ranking with spinach, kale, and carrot tops.  Vitamin K protects against hemorrhaging and helps the blood to clot properly.  Alfalfa contains from 20,000 to 40,000 units of vitamin K for every 100 grams.


But if you're wondering what alfalfa can really do for a person (if just being a great nutritional source isn't enough), you'll need a chunk of time to get through the list.  Here is just a partial compendium of what alfalfa and the nutrients it contains can do... 


Many arthritic and rheumatic and bursitis sufferers report that aches and pains and stiffnessof arms, shoulders, legs, and hands modify greatly or disappear, usually within weeks, when alfalfa is used regularly and freely.  Many stomach and digestive miseries disappear, including ulcers, gastritis, and constipation.  It's provided great relief to many who suffer from sinus issues, allergies and asthma.  It relieves fluid retention and balances water levels in the body, so it can be especially helpful for those with PMS or menopausal issues.  It's helpful for urinary tract or prostate problems, bad breath and body odor, gout, deteriorating eyesight, high blood pressure, elevated cholesterol, acne or other skin ailments (including eczema), fatigue, sore muscles, endometriosis, and deteriorating kidneys.  It helps with anemia and diabetes.  It improves lactation.  It helps with bleeding gums and athlete's foot.  It fights infection and inflammation.  It's good as a sleep aid, for alleviating coughs, promoting good energy levels, and balancing the body's pH.  As one lady remarked, "It appears that alfalfa is good for just about everything."


Here's a quick excerpt from The 4-Week Cholesterol Cure, by Dr. Bruce Miller:

  "This is an amazing little plant, extremely rich in micro-nutrients and unique fibers called saponins (sa-pho-nins).  These fibers tend to soak up cholesterol like a sponge, and alfalfa is the only plant to have them in abundance. "One study reported in the journal Atherosclerosis was really interesting.  Alfalfa supplements were added to the monkey's regular diet.  The supplements not only reduced the monkey's cholesterol, but it also reversed the plaque buildup in the monkey's arteries!  This is an exciting study, because it is one of the first large animal studies to show that plaque reversal is possible."


But it's not just about the alfalfa plant.  There are lots of alfalfa supplements out there, but the Shaklee difference makes the Shaklee Alfalfa Complex the best on the market.  From the first planting to final bottling, Shaklee utilizes every safeguard to help protect the freshness and potency of the natural alfalfa plant.  For example, Shaklee alfalfa is grown without pesticides, herbicides, or inorganic fertilizers, and it contains no fungicides, bacteriocides, synthetic hormones, growth regulators, or chemicals (of course, since it's Shaklee).  It's harvested in the morning, before the heat of the day, so that the nutrients are still in the leaves instead of the roots.  This is very important, because as the day heats up, the fluids (and therefore a lot of the nutrients) retreat to the roots, so alfalfa harvested in the afternoon or evening has far less nutritional value.  Shaklee's processing also uses only the leaves, because that's where the nutrients are.  Most other alfalfa products include the stem, because it is difficult to separate the two.  But because Shaklee does, the nutritional concentration in its product is superior.  Numerous people have reported to us that they tried a different alfalfa product and got no positive results, but when they switched to Shaklee, the effects were profound.


At harvest, the alfalfa leaves are cured in the open air, the natural, old-fashioned way (so no high heat to destroy enzymes), rather than in a hot oven.  Once dried, the alfalfa is ready to be "milled."  The end product is a fine, green-colored alfalfa "flour" which must measure up to Shaklee's stringent laboratory standards, free of toxins and contaminants (remember all the testing that Shaklee does).  The flour goes through the tableting process, where each batch is checked to ensure uniformity of ingredients.  No artificial colors or preservatives are added, of course.

The tablets can be swallowed or dissolved into a tea, and at only about a nickel per tablet (!), it is one of the most economical sources of nutrition to be found anywhere.  

Shaklee's a Bargain!



A friend here in Virginia works with another company that sells a variety of products. They have one product, however, that is sort of their star product. She was wanting to impress us with this product and she gave us lots to read about it. In the material it stated that the product contains chlorophyll (which is excellent for you), enzymes, and small amounts of different vitamins and minerals, and even amino acids (protein). We couldn't help but think it sounded very familiar, so we pulled out various literature pieces about Shaklee Alfalfa and confirmed that these two products have a lot in common. One difference, though, is that the Alfalfa, in addition to having amino acids, enzymes, chlorophyll, and minerals, also contains all of the known vitamins and a lot of trace minerals.

We were struck by the high price of her product, but we noticed that their caplets are bigger than our alfalfa tablets, so we did a little math to be sure we were being fair as we did a comparison. We discovered that hteir product costs 51% more than alfalfa at their respective retail prices and 58% more at their member prices. This does not even take into account the qualiry issues, such as the fact that their product is processed using heat (it is in their literature if you look close enough). Of course their company has no published research proving the bioavailabilit of their products. The bottom line is, does it get absorbed and used by the body? Without the research, one just doesn't know!

Alfalfa and Kidney Stones

"I take 10 Shaklee Alfalfa every hour when I have kidney stones.  There are different types of stones, but 75-85% are calcium oxalate stones that form because the urine is too acid; and another major type is uric acid stones, which also result from the urine being too acid.  So I take 10 Alfalfa every hour (waking hours only), and it neutralizes the acidity of the urine, and the stones begin to dissolve.  I don't prescribe and can't guarantee that it will work for everyone, but I have been recommending this for years to many who were in the pain of a kidney stone attack.  I personally have not seen anyone who did not get quick and excellent results.  Sometimes the stone dissolves enough to pass into the bladder and out of the body.   Other times, it just disappears, and if it passed, the person never knew it.  Everyone that I've every worked with that actually did this was pain-free within 24 - 48 hours.  All I can do is relate to you the experience of the people I've worked with."  


 --Thanks! to Stan Pulleco   

(Note:  we've had great success with preventing them with Osteomatrix and VitalMag)


 Allergies - I Felt Like a New Woman


"Thirty-two years ago I had just completed two years of allergy shots, set lots of money, and still felt horrible. Test showed I was allergic to 47 things (dust, pollen, foods, mold, grass, etc) The doctor suggested more tests and shots, but we had already spent a small fortune to no avail. Then Jim's cousin, Dave, came onto the scene from California, with this Shaklee "stuff". To get him off my case I agreed to try Vita Lea, Instant Protein, Herb Lax, and Alfalfa, ONLY because he promised I would get my money back if it didn't make me feel better.


The rest is history.  In just a few weeks, instead of feeling exhausted, gasping, sneezing and blowing all the time, I felt like a new person!  When I ran out, I did what any sensible person would do.  I assumed that I could get the same results from the health food store.  After all, Alfalfa is Alfalfa, isn't it?  And everyone knows all multivitamins are alike.  Guess what?  When I took them I got sick again.  So I tried Shaklee ONE MORE TIME and felt great!  Since then I've learned many reasons Shaklee is different, but the most important lesson was from my own body.

Today I use all the supplements, but I still like to start everyone off with the Soy Protein, Vitalizer, Herb Lax, Fiber, and Alfalfa.  Who else give your money back if you use it and don't feel better in thirty days?  I love our "empty bottle" guarantee.  I hate to think what my health would be like today if I had kept that closed mind!"


--Thanks! to Ann Westergaard, Greensboro, NC