Since having high cholesterol can be readily improved through changing your diet, and eating high cholesterol foods may raise your cholesterol level, a study published in August wanted to find out if: 1. Lowering the cholesterol content in poultry products (eggs, chicken meat) was easy to do by modifying their feed 2. Whether the nutritious component called “saponins” in alfalfa sprouts can lower cholesterol.The study states that extensive research has already found that alfalfa saponins can improve performance, immunity, antioxidant/anti-tumour functions, and can reduce cholesterol. These scientists evaluated the effect of putting different amounts of alfalfa saponins in 320 chickens’ feed to see if it changed their cholesterol metabolism.
(Liu T, Li Z, Wang T, Zhu X (2016) “Effects of Alfalfa Saponins on Cholesterol Metabolism ….” J Nutr Food Sci 6:546. August 29, 2016, College of Animal Science and Veterinary Medicine, Henan Agricultural University, Zhengzhou, China)