Red clover extract contains isoflavones which produce estrogen in the body. However, further research has warned of possible side effects in taking red clover as a source of estrogen as it does not interact well with other hormonal medications. It has been reported to have health benefits in curing respiratory problems, cancer, eczema, inflammations among other many body conditions. Red clover extract is also believed to have diuretic and expectorant characteristics. Some health practitioners have also recommended it as a body cleanser. Red clover plant benefits are attributed to its numerous nutrients. It is rich in magnesium, potassium, chromium, vitamin C, calcium, chromium, thiamine and niacin. The extract is the main substance from red clover plant that is widely used for medical purposes. Red clover plant grows naturally in the wild. It belongs to the legume family of plants. Although it is believed to have originated from some parts of Asia, Europe and Africa, it is broadly grown in most parts of the world. Below is a list of red clover extract benefits based on what it provides to human body:
1. It acts as pain reliever supplement
The application of this plant for both psoriasis and eczema pain started way back centuries ago. The pain relieving benefits come as a result of the anti-inflammatory compounds found in red clover plant. The flowers have been found to contain salicylic acid as well as eugenol, which acts on burns, sores and skin cancer. This composition of red clover plant that it can ease pain was supported by a scientific study conducted by Baber R and Clifton Bligh P, on the effect of isoflavone on serum lipids.
2. The extract is a blood cleanser
Red clover extract is used to cleanse blood especially when treating cancer. The flower part of the plant has been pointed out to be the key concentration of cleanser compounds. It is used in other herbal supplement products such as Essiaca Tea. In the book titled "Back to Eden", Jethro Kloss recommends red clover as a remedy for cancer treatment following clinical research carried out about the same.
3. Red Clover extract acts to make blood thinner
A study conducted by International Menopause Society Congress on detrimental thickness, concluded that the main extract from red clover (isoflavones), functions to thin blood especially in women. This plant has a high concentration of coumarin which is essential for health conditions such as thrombosis. The clover tea is a remedy to cure thrombosis. However, it is worth noting that there are other blood-thinning medications that serve the same purpose and should never be mixed or used together with red clover extract supplements. It is also recommended to avoid this product few weeks after or before surgery as it can cause uncontrollable bleeding. This effect was supported by a study
4. Treat menopause discomforts
In the Journal of the American Medical Association, there is a study report that supports red clover. The plant has a high extract of phytoestrogens daidzen and genistein which has similar functions as the estrogen in the body. This is one of red clover extract benefits that brings a comfort experience during menopause. In the study report, red clover product was found to have better effect compared to placebo. A further scientific study carried out in 2002 at Vrije University in Amsterdam reported that taking red clover extract tea reduces hot flushes, which are common during menopause.
5. The extract is used for cancer treatment
Several clinical trials have given promising results that there are higher chances that isoflavones from red clover can cure prostate cancer. In a laboratory study carried out in 2009 National Center of alternative medicine in Maryland, the results showed that there was decrease of prostrate specific antigens (common with prostrate cancer patients) after treatment with red clover extracts. More research is ongoing to determine the role isoflavones has on breast cancer. Isoflavones reduces the production of antigens that facilitate prostrate cancer.
6. Red clover tea promotes bone health
Institute of Public Health at Cambridge in United Kingdom did a research about the effect of isoflavone on bone health. After one year of the study, women who had taken isoflavones from red clover everyday experienced a remarkable density change in bone content. This was contradicting with results from those who ware place din placebo category.
Potential Side Effects
Despite the many useful benefits of red clover, it does not interact with hormonal therapies. It is therefore advisable to avoid taking red clover along side contraceptives or aspirin. It should also be avoided during pregnancy, while breast feeding or presence of any cancer positive tests. It is advisable to seek doctor advice whenever severe allergic reaction is detected or wrong dose is administered.
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