Health Benefits of Red
Benefits of Red Clover
clover is a plant that is grown in North America and Europe. It has
been used historically in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and
Western folkloric medicine to treat coughing, chest congestion and as a
diuretic. It is also used as a "blood cleanser" and often suggested for
treating psoriasis and eczema.
benefits of red clover seem to come from the substances
isoflavones, shown to have estrogen-like properties. This
one of the reasons why red clover is suggested for treating symptoms of
menopause and providing protection to the heart.
One study showed that
taking 80 mg of isoflavones reduced hot flashes in 4 weeks in women
going through menopause. Some researchers suggest using red clover to
improve heart and blood vessel functions but studies do not show this
evidence from lab studies, although weak, that red clover possesses
on prostate cancer cells.
there are also many studies that show no benefits of red clover in
treating menopause symptoms and experts are now suspecting that red
clover may not be very helpful for treating hot flashes. A recently
completed well-designed 1 year clinical
study showed that taking red clover and black cohosh didn't help at all
with reducing hot flashes.
The researchers did show that using red clover
and black cohosh is safe. They also suggested that these two herbs can
be considered for those women
who is unable to or unwilling to take prescription type medications (such as estrogens) for
treating menopause symptoms.
Animal studies show that mice given extract of red clover had a
reduction in their prostate size in 28 days.
Flashes - Menopause
Earlier studies suggested that red clover can be helpful in treating
hot flashes but a recent well-designed clinical trial showed that it
was not effective in reducing hot flashes.
Benefits and Traditional Uses
Red clover is
considered safe to use in quantities found in foods.
Reported side effects include allergic reactions, headaches and nausea.
to Take It
Enlarged Prostate Gland
- Take 40 to 80 mg daily (of the standardized extract) for up to 3
- Use 10 to 15 mL (2 to 3 teaspoon) of the dried flowers and steep in
250 mL (1 cup) of boiling water for 15 minutes. Drink 1 cup up to three
- Take 2 to 4 grams up to three times daily.
- Take 2 to 4
mL up to three times daily.
Related Topics to Benefits of Red
Black Cohosh - Does it
work for hot flashes?
Prostate Glands - What can you use to shrink it?
Menopause - What is
it and which herbs can treat the symptoms?
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