What is Alfalfa Extract?
INCI: Alfalfa Extract
Great for: Moisturizing skin, combating pollution symptoms, bringing nutrients to your skin
How it works: The alfalfa plant is packed with nutrients that are good for your skin, including amino acids, biotin, and chlorophyll. It’s a useful source of phenolic compounds, which are sources of potent antioxidants. This extract is a concentration of the nutrients available in the alfalfa plant. A full list of these nutrients includes:
- Amino acids
- Folic acid
- Vitamins A, B, D, E, K
Where Does Alfalfa Come From?
Alfalfa extract is taken from the alfalfa plant through a solvent extraction. The leaf is placed in a solvent, which then removes the oil from the plant. It then gets separated from the solvent and is packaged and sent off as alfalfa extract.
Raw alfalfa seeds can create lupus-like symptoms because they contain an amino acid that has a toxic effect in humans. It can also cause sun sensitivity in some people. However, interacting with Alfalfa in different forms is considered safe.