Red Clover is a plant in the Fabaceae botanical family. Fabaceae reminds me of a fable and funny enough this plant looks like something you would find in Wonderland. It’s used to make an herbal supplement that may have some immune boosting and hormone effects. Red clover has many benefits, its a high balancing herbal remedy.  

The red clover plant belongs to the legume plant family. Historically the red clover plant has been taken in the form of tea and tinctures. Today it is often used to make exacts. Research suggests red clover acts like a natural diuretic, meaning it increases urine production and balances fluid levels in the body. It is also believed to improve immune function by helping the body rid of excess waste, mucus and toxins. Additionally, it may help support functions of the liver, lungs and digestive organs. 

HOW IT WORKS

Red Clover benefits are caused by its active chemical constituents. Especially isoflavones, which are plant based chemicals that produce estrogen-like effects in the body. The isoflavones found in red clover include genistein, daiszen, formononetin and biochanin. These closely mimic the effects of natural estrogen that both men and women produce. Although its not usually taken to provide high amounts of essential nutrients. Red clover is also a source of many different vitamins, minerals and electrolytes, including, calcium magnesium, B vitamins, vitamin C and more. 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4523657/

Research demonstrates that the most common types of osteoporosis is the type associated with ovarian hormone deficiency during menopause. Making red clover a perfect addition to strengthen bone density. Estrogen is important for bone mineralization. Pre-menopausal women with low estrogen levels or low bone density will also benefit from red clover supplementation. .

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Studies have shown that the traditional uses of red clover included helping prevent cancer and to “purify the blood”. Researchers have found that isoflavones seem to stop cancer cells from multiplying or growing and also might be able to induce apoptosis (self destruction of cancer cells). The types of cancer most likely to be impacted by use include those related to normal chances, such as prostate, breast and endometrial cancer. 

On the other hand, there’s still more to learn about how red clover is connected to natural cancer prevention. Experts indicate there’s still some unknowns when it comes to understanding all of estrogens effects on breast cancer.

Red clover extract and tea is used or prevention and repair respiratory conditions like whooping cough, colds, asthma and bronchitis. It may help to reduce discomfort during illness and has the ability to loosen phlegm. Because it can potentially calm bronchial spasms, improve sleep quality, and help flush mucus and fluids from the respiratory system. It’s beneficial to try as soon as you feel an illness coming on. 

You can purchase red clover tea bags in health food stores or make the tea yourself at home using dried herbs. Taken up to three times a day. 

Most people don’t experience any serious side effects from red clover, however there are some risks, particularly for women at risk for breast cancer, pregnant women or those who are breastfeeding. As always, consult your doctor if you have any questions or issues that arise before taking it, especially if you have a history of cancer or a bleeding disorder.