Monday, 4 July 2011

Health Benefits of Red Clover

Red Clover contains isoflavones, which are a source of phytoestrogen. Phytoestrogens (plant estrogen) are similar to human estrogens, and as such, may attach to estrogen receptors in the human body. In women with estrogen loss from menopause, this can help relieve hot flashes and other menopause symptoms. In women with normal estrogen levels, this can help smooth out estrogen fluctuations due to PMS.

Red Clover has been observed to help slow bone loss (osteoporosis) in peri-menopausal women. It slows the growth of benign prostate tumours and blocks enzymes thought to contribute to prostate cancer. It also helps break down arterial plaque, strengthens arterial walls and is a mild anti-coagulant. It has even been shown to assist in the cessation of tobacco smoking.

Taking concentrated red clover can interfere with necessary estrogen production in pregnancy and is not recommended for use while pregnant.
Women with hormone dependent conditions such as endometriosis and breast cancer should avoid using red clover concentrates.
When in doubt, consult a medical professional before taking any distilled or concentrated supplement.

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