Red clover blossoms naturally support women's health. They supply phytoestrogens and isoflavones and work to promote soothing menopausal comfort.** Red clover supplements also:
What is Red Clover?
Used for centuries in traditional wellness practices of Europe, Asia and North America, red clover comes from the dried flowers of Trifolium pratense, a perennial wildflower that's a member of the legume family. Bees are drawn to the plants' fragrant, edible blossoms, and red clover honey is one of the most popular varieties sold.
Red clover is highly regarded for its ability to promote women’s wellness and comfort through times of change, including menopause and post-menopause. Red clover is high in phytoestrogens, compounds that mimic the effects of estrogens in the body. Studies suggest that these phytoestrogens may help to maintain women’s reproductive system wellness while easing the effects of menopause. Red clover in particular has been suggested in some research to reduce the frequency and severity of menopausal hot flashes. It has also been found to improve bone mineral density and slow bone loss in menopausal women.**
In addition to its roles in supporting women’s wellness, red clover’s inflammation-modulating properties help to promote respiratory health and soothe flaky, scaly skin. Research also suggests that red clover promotes cardiovascular health by maintaining levels of HDL ("good") cholesterol, supporting healthy blood flow and promoting flexible arteries. The plant’s blossoms create a resin that is used in modern herbal practices as an expectorant and antimicrobial; the herb is also considered to have a “warming” action within the body. Red clover additionally supplies coumarin, a naturally occurring substance that acts as a diuretic and blood-thinner.**
Recent research continues to confirm this herb’s high concentration of isoflavonoid compounds -- such as daidzein, genistein, formononetin, biochanin and coumestans -- that support immune system function and protect against inflammation. It also supplies antioxidants and is a rich source of minerals and nutrients such as vitamin C, thiamine, potassium, niacin, magnesium and calcium.**
Red Clover Products
Red clover supplements come in many forms, including capsules, fluid extracts, infusions, tablets, teas and tinctures. The plant may also be used in ointments for topical application. Some supplements contain isolated red clover isoflavones.**
Red Clover Directions for Use
Red clover dosage varies by supplement form. As a dried herb in tea, the dosage is 1 to 2 teaspoons, steeped in 8 ounces of water, two or three times per day. Capsule and tablet dosage ranges from 40 mg to 450 mg per serving. Just as you would with any supplement, consult your healthcare provider before incorporating this herb into your wellness regimen.**