What Are the Health Benefits of Red Clover?

What Is Red Clover?

Finding a four-leaf clover brings good luck, but taking red clover as a medicinal herb may offer better health!!!

For generations, people have appreciated the therapeutic properties of the pink and red flowers of the clover. Women in particular have benefited greatly, whether it’s premenstrual syndrome or menopausal symptoms.

In modern times, scientific research supports traditional medicine such as supporting bone strength, blood health, hair growth and mental health. red for women clover it can also offer support for menopausal symptoms; It can be good for prostate health for men.

Where to Find Red Clover

Red clover (Trifolium pratense) – also known as cow clover, meadow clover, or wild clover – is a legume found in Europe, Western Asia, and Northwest Africa. [1]

Red clover contains isoflavones. Isoflavones are a type of phytoestrogen, which are chemicals similar to the hormone estrogen. While this may provide the most important benefits to women, red clover also has a lot to offer for men’s health. [2, 3]

Advantages and Uses of Red Clover

People have traditionally used red clover for ailments such as asthma, whooping cough, skin sores, indigestion, gout, and even serious, deadly diseases. Alfalfa flowers and leaves are edible, so people can add them to salads or brew tea. You can add ground red clover flowers to your bath water or apply it topically into an ointment to soothe itchy skin. Many people take it in the form of a capsule or liquid extract.

Alleviates Symptoms of Menopause

Studies indicate that red clover can help women during menopause. [4, 5]. Menopause, the cessation of the menstrual cycle, causes physical changes such as interrupted sleep, dry skin, vaginal dryness, weight gain or loss, and hot flashes. Containing vitamin E and sage, it shows that red clover can reduce the number of hot flashes in women and help with other menopausal symptoms. [4, 6] Additionally, red clover can also boost mood and libido in women!

Increases Bone Strength

Bone density is lost with age. It can affect both sexes, but due to hormonal changes, it is particularly common in postmenopausal women. [7] Hormone replacement therapy (HRT) aims to prevent bone loss and osteoporosis, but studies show it increases the risk of breast cancer and heart disease. [8] Red clover, by comparison, improves bone mineral content and strength without adverse health effects. [9, 10]

Supports Skin Health

Your skin is your largest organ. Because it sits on the outside of your body, the skin is susceptible to environmental damaging elements, such as the drying effects of exposure to sunlight, heating, and even air conditioning. Taken by mouth or applied topically to the skin, red clover soothes and relieves a variety of conditions and promotes healthy, normal-looking skin. [11] Studies show that when taken in a capsule, it can improve skin texture and moisture levels, as well as boost scalp health. [11]

Promotes Normal Cholesterol Levels

High cholesterol can cause fat to build up on your artery walls, increasing the risk of heart attack and stroke. Red clover’s tendency to promote balanced cholesterol levels aids heart health. One prominent study found that men’s bad (LDL) cholesterol levels were significantly reduced from taking red clover, but women’s cholesterol levels were unresponsive. [3] The researchers for this discovery hypothesize that previous studies that failed to find a “link” between red clover and cholesterol were due to female test subjects, which fused the overall results.

What is clover and what does it do?
clover plant image

Helps Heart Health

In addition to its cholesterol-normalizing effect, red clover supports heart health by raising normal blood pressure levels. If left unchecked, high blood pressure can cause blood clots and even stroke. However, studies show that red clover supplementation can normalize blood pressure. What’s more, red clover can thin the blood – this helps prevent blood clots that can lead to stroke. [12] This “flower of power” even has protective properties that help protect against serious and deadly cardiovascular diseases. [13]

Promotes a Happy Mood

Red clover is one of many herbs that have been analyzed for its effects on anxiety and depression. One study found improvements in mood in more than 75 percent of women who took red clover extract. [14] Another review of studies on herbal solutions for mental health (including red clover, kava, and fennel) showed promising results for red clover. Clover flowers are a natural mood enhancer and have helped relieve anxiety in several studies. [15]

Supports Prostate Health

Most of the red clover benefits are for women only, but this little herb may seem like it has huge benefits for men’s health as well. Prostate-specific antigens (PSA) are proteins produced by the prostate gland. An increase in their number may indicate an enlargement or inflammation of the gland or even a number of prostate complications, including serious disease. [16] In one study, men who took red clover extract saw their PSA decrease by more than 30 percent. [17] Prostate function improved in these men without any side effects.

May Help with Male Pattern Baldness

Many men suffer from “baldness,” a genetic condition in which they lose hair in a pattern that typically affects the front and top of the head. This is different from alopecia, which is hair loss that occurs all over the head and affects both men and women.

In one small but promising study, men applied cream containing both red clover and a “biomimetic peptide” (compounds with amino acid sequences identical to those produced in the body) for four months. [18] Red clover-peptide cream increased hair growth more than placebo cream. Scientists have deduced that it aids in hair growth by stimulating protein formation in the “extracellular matrix” in which hair grows and reducing redness and swelling inside hair follicles.

How to Make Red Clover Tea?

Herbal tea is an easy way to enjoy red clover. You can buy ready-to-brew red clover tea bags or make your own – which is a simple process.

Ingredients for Red Clover Tea

Dried red clover flowers
Hot water,
Raw honey.

For Red Clover Tea Instructions

Add a tablespoon of red clover flowers to a tea bag of your own or a metal mesh tea infuser.
Pour boiling water into a teacup with a red clover tea bag (or mesh ball) and infuse for 15 minutes.
If desired, sweeten with honey.

You can also add red clover flowers directly to boiling water and strain before drinking. Enjoy red clover tea two or three times a day.

red clover side effects

Natural remedies may seem harmless, but they have the potential to interact with medications, supplements, and certain health conditions. For example, red clover tea may soothe menstrual cramps as it acts as a uterine stimulant, but should therefore never be used by pregnant women as it may increase the risk of miscarriage.

Similarly, women who are breastfeeding should avoid using red clover. As a phytoestrogen, red clover mimics hormones and therefore should not be taken by anyone diagnosed with hormone-sensitive conditions such as breast cancer, uterine or ovarian cancer, endometriosis, or uterine fibroids without a healthcare provider’s instruction. [1]

What is Clover (Alphaf)? In Which Situations Is It Used?

GlobalHealingCenter, Red Clover Benefits for Menopause, Bone Health, & More, 2018

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