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Red Clover

Red Clover or Trifalium Pritanse is a popular treatment for menopausal symptom reduction, asthma, diabetes, high cholesterol and Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). This plant is largely found in Europe and North America. Red Clover is a legume which has been traditionally used to treat disorders such as pertussis, cancer, asthma and gout. Isoflavone extracts of red clover are commonly used to treat menopausal symptoms, for high cholesterol, as prevention of osteoporosis and as an alternative to Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT). It is also known to moderately treat cough and eczema.

Red Clover is considered as an effective remedy because it contains phytoestrogens. Phytoestrogens are plant based chemicals which act like estrogens in the human body. Phytoestrogens are found as trace substances in food items such as soy and red clover. The nutritional value of phytoestrogens is being researched with regard to regulation of cholesterol levels and maintaining adequate bone density post menopause.

Red Clover is also considered as an alterative agent, such agents initiate a gradual beneficial change in the body by improving nutritional intake. Red Clover is therefore also known as having blood cleaning properties and is also used as a traditional remedy to treat psoriasis and eczema. Clinical studies indicate the intake of Red Clover reduces the frequency of hot flashes among post menopausal women. The intake of Red Clover and its beneficial side effects can be noticed only after a regular intake for 4 weeks and distinct difference can be experienced only after regular intake for 12 weeks.

Red Clover extracts are available in various forms ranging from tablets to capsules. Traditionally Red Clover is ingested through a tea preparation which requires 10-15 grams of dried red clover flowers to be added to a cup of boiling water and covered for ten to fifteen minutes before using it for consumption. Three cups measuring about 750 ml can be consumed every day. Tablets and capsules available through local stores or the internet are usually equivalent to 2-4 grams of dried red clover flowers. Red Clover extracts available in tincture form can be consumed in half to three-fourth teaspoon proportions three times a day.

Herbal supplements may have drug interactions or side effects. Red Clover supplements are therefore not for consumption among pregnant or breast feeding women and infants or children. It is advisable to consult a medical practitioner before intake of such supplements especially incase you are already suffering from any disorder or ailments.

Submitted on January 16, 2014