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HEALTH BENEFITS, USES, AND SIDE EFFECTS OF RED CLOVER

HEALTH BENEFITS, USES, AND SIDE EFFECTS OF RED CLOVER-min

Red clover is also called Trifolium pretense, a dark-pink herbal plant native to Asia, North America, and Europe. It is an herbal plant associated with the legume family ofpeas and beans.

In health, red clover is utilized in diagnosing respiratory complications like whooping cough, asthma, and bronchitis. Also, it can treat skin disorders like psoriasis and eczema, and inflammatory conditions such as arthritis, and women’s health challenges. They also contain high levels of isoflavones. These substances act as phytoestrogens which are chemicals resembling the estrogen in female hormone. Some cases are rising today from nutritional deficiencies, menstrual issues, and other body malfunctioning. The flowering part of red clover is utilized as an extract, garnish, or edible. Therefore, a solution should be established to empower society. This article will explain red clover’s benefits, uses, and side effects.

Health benefits

Relieves Night Sweats and Hot Flushes

Since red clover is loaded with isoflavones, people believe that it assists in decreasing the severity and frequency of certain menopause symptoms, such as hot flushes and night sweats. Scientists have found that this plant has positive effects on menopausal symptoms. Research conducted in 2017 offered 59 women a supplement with friendly bacteria and red clover, demonstrating that they showed a notable drop in night sweats and hot flushes.Similarly, a study conducted in 2016 by Gynecology and Obstetrics journal revealed that red clover lowers the hot flushes’ quantity, especially in women with extreme hot flushes – experiencing five or more per day. Red clover can assist in other symptoms related to menopause, such as anxiety, depression, and vaginal dryness though research is still needed to expound on this plant.

Boosts Bone Density in Menopausal Women

The drop in circulating estrogen at the menopause stage results in bone loss that, after some time might end up in osteoporosis. Red clover has a variety of phytoestrogen known as isoflavones, which imitates estrogen contained in the human body. Research conducted in 2015 by a university in Denmark offered red clover to 60normal menopausal women consequently for 3 months. It showed that the compounds of this plant could hasten the synthesis of new bones, boostbone density, and delay the rate that calcium is eliminated from the bone tissues for uptake into the bloodstream.

Supports Heart Health

Some studies show that red clover might boost heart health in postmenopausal women. Isoflavones in this plant are thought to be behind these effects. A review conducted in 2006 in a certain university in Chicago found that the extracts from red clover reduce the quantity of a variety of fat found in the blood known as triglycerides while elevating the levels of HDL cholesterol ‘good.’  Another studywas done in postmenopausal women consuming red clover for 4 months to one year boosted the health of their hearts. This was because of a notable elevation in HDL cholesterol and a drop in overall and LDL cholesterol levels. In 2015, a research carried out in 147 women with postmenopausal symptoms revealed that consuming 50 milligrams of Rimostil (red clover) per day for a single year dropped LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol by 12 percent. Thus, the researchers concluded that the study should be conducted more irrespective of certain results.

Favors Hair and Skin Health

The traditional people used red clover to enhance skin and hair health. The modern research into this aspect seems encouraging, but more studies are needed to add more benefits. The research conducted on 30 men who used red clover in the scalp daily for four months demonstrated a 13% elevation in making the hair growth cycle (anagen phase) and a 29 percent drop in losing the hair (telogen). Another research carried out in 109 postmenopausal women showed that consuming 80 milligrams from red clover products for 3 months notably boosted the hair appearance and skins of the participants, overall quality, and texture.

Uses

Red clover is often utilized in treating whooping cough and different throat-linked conditions like sore throats and bronchitis. Red clover as tinctures assists in diagnosing skin complications like psoriasis and eczema. Additionally, it has become popular in the entire South America as a fodder plant for improving the quality of the soil.

Side Effects

Although the side effects are scarce, some include prolonged menstruation, vaginal spotting, nausea, headache, and skin irritation. Moreover, few reported cases but hazardous side effects of red clover. A report in 2007 showed that a woman of 53 years experienced subarachnoid bleeding, which was a variety of strokes after consuming a 250 grams supplement of red clover and other 8 herbs to diagnose hot flashes. Therefore, hemorrhage was directly associated with red clover. Another study conducted on a woman with 52 years found extreme vomiting and stomach pain after consuming 430 milligrams of this product consecutively for three days. The doctors established that this extract interfered with methotrexate, a psoriasis medication.

Drug Interactions

Various natural herbs interfere with the efficiency of the medications being used. Specifically, red clover interferes with methotrexate, oral contraceptives, tamoxifen, hormone substitution therapy medications, and blood thinners such as Plavix or aspirin. Recently, research in 88 women consuming tamoxifen (breast cancer medication) was conducted and established there were no harmful side effects or drug interactions during this medication. However, there should be caution when using tamoxifen and red clover until the doctors have safety data. Because of the broad array of possible drug interactions for red clover and little information on this aspect, communicate with doctors before beginning new supplements.

Conclusion

The traditional medications used red clover as an herb to diagnose a broad array of health conditions, including arthritis, hot flushes, hair disorders, skin, and osteoporosis. Some studies revealed that consuming 40-80 milligrams of red clover per day lowers extreme hot flashes in menopausal women though the evidence is not completely satisfying. Despite having suitable safety values, the side effects linked with this product include vomiting, vaginal spotting, nausea, and headache. Moreover, because of its minute estrogenic properties, breastfeeding, pregnancy, bleeding disorders, and hormone-sensitive issues, people should shun the utilization of red clover. To safeguard your life, you are recommended to consult medical professionals before using this product.

Monika Wassermann is a doctor and a freelance writer based in the UK who lives with her cat Buddy. She writes across several verticals, including life, health, sex and love, relationships and fitness. Her three great loves are Victorian novels, Lebanese cuisine, and vintage markets. When she’s not writing, you can find her trying to meditate more, weightlifting, or wandering around in town.

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