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Herb Introduction :Red Clover

Herb Introduction :Red Clover
Common Names:  red clover, cow clover, meadow clover, wild clover

Latin Names: Trifolium pratense

Like peas and beans, red clover belongs to the family of plants called legumes. Red clover contains substances called isoflavones—compounds that are structurally related/similar to estrogen. Red clover supplements have been promoted for menopause symptoms and osteoporosis.
Historically, red clover was used for asthma, whooping cough, cancer, and gout. Today, extracts from red clover are most often promoted for menopause symptoms, high cholesterol levels, or osteoporosis.
How Much Do We Know?
Red clover has been studied in people, but the research hasn’t shown clear benefits for any health condition.
What Have We Learned?
Studies on the effects of red clover on menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and on blood levels of cholesterol and other lipids have had inconsistent results.
Only a small amount of research has been done on the effects of red clover on bone density in menopausal women, and the results have been inconsistent.
What Do We Know About Safety?
Red clover extracts have been used in clinical studies for as long as 3 years with apparent safety.
Women should not take red clover supplements during pregnancy or while breastfeeding.

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