Know Your Skincare Ingredients: Alfalfa Extract

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
  • Biotin
  • Calcium
  • Chlorophyll
  • Folic acid
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Phosphorous
  • Potassium
  • 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.

Safety Considerations

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.

Sources
  • https://pubs.acs.org/doi/pdf/10.1021/bk-1992-0506.ch001
  • https://alituranaturals.com/amazing-alfalfa-extract-anti-aging-skin-revitalizer-and-protectant/
  • http://www.berkem.com/en/expertise-en/plant-extraction
  • https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alfalfa#Toxicity_of_canavanine
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