Nutritional Supplements Library
What is red clover?
Red clover is a plant in the pea family Fabaceae. As the other name, "bee-bread" suggests, red clover produces a honey but far less than white clover. It grows to 20-80 cm tall. The flowers are dark pink with a paler base, 12-15 mm long, produced in a dense inflorescence 2-3 cm diameter. The flowers of the red clover are used to create herbal medicines.
The ordinary red flowers of the clover plant contain isoflavones, which belong to a larger class of plant chemicals known as phyto (plant-derived) estrogens, red clover is often taken to relieve symptoms of menopause and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).Red clover also contains minerals such as calcium, magnesium, chromium, potassium, and vitamins such as niacin, thiamine and vitamin C.
What is the effective dosage of red clover supplementation?
The effective dosage range is 50 to 100 mg per day. Tea is made by using 1 to 2 tsp dried flowers or tops steeped in 8-10oz of hot water for ? hour, 2 to 3 times a day.
What are the benefits of red clover supplementation?
• It is considered as plant estrogen due to its isoflavones content.
• It increases the levels of "good" cholesterol in the blood, it is believed that red clover can help protect against cardiovascular disease.
• It may help relieve symptoms of menopause like hot flashes.
• It improves circulation, promotes the production of mucous and urine, and stimulates the secretion of bile.
• It has been traditionally used in folk medicine as a cough expectorant because of its ability to increase the expulsion of mucous.
• It also promotes maintenance of bone mass.
• It has mild anti-inflammatory properties.
• It may also reduce the possibility of developing estrogen-dependent cancer of the endometrium.
• It may elevate mood.
What are the side effects of red clover supplementation?
There are no reported side effects of red clover supplementation.
• It is not recommended to children or pregnant or breast feeding women.