Red clover is a plant that grows wild in the grass lands of Americas and most of the big continent Australia, Asia, Europe and Northern Africa where most frequency of rains prevail.
It is believed that red clover may help to prevent heart disease in several ways.
Although results from human studies are not definite, some show that taking red clover may lower the levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL) and raise the levels of high-density lipoprotein (HDL), good cholesterol in the body.
In addition, red clover also promotes an increase in the secretion of bile acid. Red clover is a source of many valuable nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C. It is also considered to be one of the richest sources of isoflavones.
Red clover is often taken to relieve symptoms of premenstrual syndrome.
Isoflavones are similar in shape to the female hormone, estrogen, therefore; they may attach to estrogen receptors throughout the body particularly in the bladder, blood vessels, bones, and heart.
Red clover may also block enzymes thought to contribute to prostate cancer in men. It has shown a definite limiting effect in the development of benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), which is a non-cancerous enlargement of the prostate gland.
An enlarged prostate may cause men to experience a weak or interrupted urine stream, dribbling after urinating, or the urge to urinate even after voiding. For most men, BPH is a normal part of aging.
Additionally, red clover contains small amounts of chemicals known as coumarins, which may help keep the blood from becoming thick and gummy. Therefore, the possibility of forming blood clots and arterial plaques may be reduced.
Plaques are accumulations of blood cells, fats, and other substances that may build up in blood vessels, reducing or blocking blood flow.
Red clover studies show to help the arteries remain strong and flexible (a quality often called ‘arterial compliance’), which may also help to prevent some of the plaque deposits that may lead to a heart attack or a stroke.
Several studies of a proprietary extract of red clover isoflavones suggest that it may significantly reduce hot flashes in menopausal women.
Also, menopause increases a woman’s risk for developing osteoporosis (significant bone loss) and some studies suggest that a proprietary extract of red clover isoflavones may slow bone loss and even boost bone mineral density in pre and peri-menopausal women.
The estrogen-like effect of red clover isoflavones may be involved, and red clover also may have a direct effect by preventing the breakdown of existing bone.
Because cholesterol is a major component of bile acid, increased bile acid production usually means that more cholesterol is used and less cholesterol circulates in the body. It has been found to be helpful in quitting smoking.
For women with normal estrogen levels, red clover isoflavones may displace some natural estrogens, possibly preventing or relieving estrogen-related symptoms, such as breast pain, that are associated with PMS. This effect may also reduce the possibility of developing estrogen-dependent cancer of the endometrium.
In addition, results from a review of nearly 1000 women suggest that red clover may interfere with an enzyme known to promote the progression of endometrial cancer.
To use this herb, the flowers will be dried and will be used as tea.
- Dry the blossoms gathered in a naturally warm environment to preserve its medicinal properties, just make it sure it is clean and no chemicals such as pesticides.
- The dried flowers of a cup will be boiled in 15 minutes in a 5 cups of flowers to make as tea. To add its flavor essence, mix it with some mint leaves then add a tablespoon of honey in every cup of tea.