15- Nov-2017

Red Clover Herb- A Natural Isoflavone for Females*

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Dt. Pooja Maheshwari
Dt. Pooja Maheshwari
Research Dietician, CDE, N.D.D.Y.

Red Clover herb is a boon for women’s health. Its tea is rich in isoflavones, which act as phytoestrogens that tend to help in improving fertility, bone mass, and decrease post-menopausal symptoms.

In childhood, we used to hunt for three and four leaf clovers for good luck.Nevertheless, for maintaining good health, you cannot rely on luck alone. Therefore ladies, instead of hunting for imaginary clover, turn to Red Clover (Trifoliumpratense) –the ‘health boosting herb’. From the past many decades, Red Clover is renowned for its effective and natural role in improving female health by maintaining bone mineral density, improving fertility, lowering menopause symptoms, along with preventing heart related complication (high cholesterol and blood pressure). Red Clover is a source of many valued nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, thiamine, and vitamin C. It is available in the form of dry flower tea, extract, capsule and liquid tincture.

Red Clover is known for its wonderful health benefits, which is why it is used widely to treat a number of ailments. Let us examine the top evidence based uses of this nourishing tea-

  • Natural isoflavones for hormone replacement therapy (HRT)-

    Red Clover is naturally rich in isoflavones. Isoflavones are phenolic compounds that give an effect similar toestrogen, which is why they are called phytoestrogen (plant-derived). This property of isoflavones makes them act like the estrogen (female) hormone.Red Clover tea helps to ease pre-menopausal, peri-menopausal & post-menopausal symptoms. According to a review article by Masumeh Ghazanfarpour published in Avicenna Journal of Phytomedicine 2015, Red Clover tea helps in lowering symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweating, and vaginal dryness and also can maintain the FSH, LH hormones. Thus, Red Clover tea can be used as a source of natural isoflavones for hormone replacement therapy (HRT).

  • Natural way for women to maintain hair and skin –

    Due to current changes in environment, food, better life expectancy, and work stress, women’s bodies face estrogen scarcity. This scarcity leads to a number of significant long-term changes such as early changes in hair, nail, skin, which may usually be neglected by health care providers but not by the women themselves.As Red Clover is rich in natural isoflavones, Red Clover tea can be a best option to lower these symptoms. According to a research article published in the International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology 2011, natural isoflavones therapy in the form of using Red Clover (i.e., phytoestrogens) can help in the management of scalp and hair for better texture, less fragility and overall volume. Whereas for skin conditions, this tea offers better texture, more moisture and reduces early lines on the face.

  • Natural fertility booster-

    If you are looking for a fertility booster, Red Clover is your one stop solution. Red Clover helps in the normal functioning of female reproductive health to promote healthy fertility. Healthy fertility starts with regular menstruation (bleeding during uterine periods). Menstruation is a physiological process and part of the active fertility and ability to conceive in the life of healthy young women around the world. However,the unbalancing in female hormones can disturb it. According to a research article by Faeghe Tajallaie-Asl published in the Journal of Pharmaceutical Science and Research 2017, any disruption in the menstrual cycle can be a cause of concern for women and requires careful assessment and treatment. The use of medicinal herbs such as Red Clover has shown promise in areas of estrogen-related health issue. Red Clover is rich in isoflavones, which act as a plant estrogen (phytoestrogen) and help in managing menstrual regularity. This mechanism can help in decreasing problems such as dysmenorrhea, amenorrhea and the timing of menstrual bleeding. Decrease in these symptoms can help in improving fertility and feminine health.

  • Red Clover and osteoporosis-

    Similar to other health benefits, Red Clover tea helps in prevent post-menopausal bone loss. A research article by Anne Cathrine Thorup published in the Journal of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine 2015 concludes that intervention through daily consumption of Red Clover extract tea gives beneficial effect on bone mass health. This analysis strongly indicates that Red Clover decreases osteoclast activity and promotes osteoblast activity, without change in blood pressure or markers of inflammation status being found.

Therefore, ladies, delight your body using nature’s gem - Red Clover Herb tea. I recommend that you find your lucky health charm with the daily inclusion of the Red Clover Herb from BestSource Nutrition, which is cultivated in the pristine Himalayas, for its overall benefits for women of all ages.

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