Benefits of including red clover in your diet

November 12, 2012

Benefits of including red clover in your diet

This plant grows in the wild in fields and meadows and animals will graze on it. Red clover can be used for its therapeutic qualities because it has so many benefits associated with it. The red flowers of this plant are dried in the first instance and are then used as an herbal supplement. This is because the flowers contain a high level of red clover isoflavones, niacin, chromium, vitamin C, thiamine, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium. All of this means that this plant can be useful in treating a variety of everyday health conditions.

It has been reported that the isoflavones in this plant may help in increasing the level of HDL cholesterol (known as good cholesterol).

The benefits of this plant have been used for many years as a traditional solution to treat a cough and its symptoms in children.

Red clover contains properties not dissimilar to oestrogen. Women who drink this plant tea have reported that drinking it helped to relieve certain symptoms of the menopause such as hot flushes.

Other studies that were carried out on women who were going through the menopause report that the use of this plant could lead to bone density increasing. And also reduce the speed of bone loss in menopausal women.

The other benefits to women who are menopausal are that the plant has benefits that increase arterial strength and also improve and increase flexibility.

There have been some reports that the therapeutic qualities of this plant have been useful in helping to reverse or slow down the spread of cancer but there is no substantial evidence to support this. And there are studies showing that this plant may be effective as a supplement to the traditional cancer therapy. Because this plant contains oestrogen like qualities it should never be used if a patient has breast cancer. Before taking any herbal supplement it is critical to make an appointment with your doctor to ensure this supplement will not have any effect on medications you are taking in the treatment of cancer.

The side effects of taking extract of red clover tend to be mild and rare. And for people who take this supplement for less than a year it appears to be that no side effects occur. But if you are already on other medication it is important to speak with your doctor before using this herbal supplement.

Red clover in the form of an ointment is very effective. It helps to relieve skin irritations, inflammation and rashes on the skin.

There are many different ways to take this herbal supplement, so there will be some form that will suit most people and make it easy to consume and include in the diet.

There are a variety of benefits of adding this herbal supplement but before using it in your diet, speak with your doctor to make sure there would be no risk of complications.

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