Red clover (trifolium pratense) is a legume native to Europe, Western Asia, and northwest Africa, although it has been naturalized in other continents, like North and South America and commonly seen growing in the fields and hedgerows across the UK. The flower tops are used to make medicine.
Red clover has a longstanding traditional use as a medicine for cancer, mastitis, joint disorders, asthma, bronchitis, psoriasis and eczema. It was included in many traditional cancer formulas, including the Hoxey formula.
Over the past several decades, red clover has come to be known as an effective, herbal treatment for managing menopause symptoms, improving bone mineral density, and lowering risk for heart-related problems like high cholesterol and high blood pressure. It is also used to treat respiratory infections, psoriasis, hormonal acne and eczema.
Red Clover is known to be a rich source of isoflavones, containing all four types: genistein, daidzein, formononetin and biochanin (as opposed to soya, which only contains two). These isoflavones have been a focus of intense research in the area of menopause and hormonal health.
Not all red clover herb products are the same. In a recent survey, 70% of UK isoflavone supplements contained less than the required 40 mg minimum effective level of isoflavones. When choosing a red clover supplement for hormonal health make sure you look for a standardised herbal extract.
Red clover has metabolic diuretic (stimulates the removal of waste and water from the kidneys), lymphatic (stimulates lymph movement) and expectorant (supports elimination of mucus from the lungs) properties. Because of these characteristics, red clover has been described as a 'blood purifier' or 'alterative'. Red clover is also a rich source of nutrients, and phytoestrogens known as isoflavones (such as biochanin, formononetin, daidzein, and genistein). These isoflavones have been a focus of intense research for use in menopause and hormonal health.
Red clover comes available in the form of red clover tablets, red clover liquid extract and as a loose tea.
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+30 PointsRed clover is considered an 'alterative' herb with good cleansing properties and can be of assistance with skin disorders. It may be used externally in a cream or poultice as well as internally to assist with skin healing. In recent times, Red clover has become popular due to its naturally occurring 'isoflavone' properties which act as phytoestrogens. View details