What is Red Clover?
Red clover is a perennial wild plant that blossoms flowers that are red in color. The flowers are the part used for medicinal purposes and are usually dried for use. It is thought to purify blood by helping the body get rid of excess fluid and mucous. It is also considered beneficial for conditions such as whopping cough, psoriasis, and eczema.
Modern scientific research shows that red clover contains natural chemicals that mimic the action of estrogen. These chemicals, called is oflavones, are able to provide relief from several conditions related to menopause, such as osteoporosis, hot flashes, and cardiovascular problems. Since estrogen can carry side effects therefore it is important to stay cautious while consuming red clover. Therefore, it should never be taken without the recommendation of a health care professional.
Benefits of Red Clover
- It improves blood flow by thinning it and keeping clots from forming
- It increases HDL cholesterol and lowers LDL cholesterol.HDL cholesterol is good for the body and heart whereas LDL cholesterol is harmful
- It promotes bile secretion which has the effect of further reducing bad cholesterol
- It increases the strength and flexibility of arteries
- It reduces symptoms of menopause such as night sweats and hot flashes.
- It protects the bones of menopausal women and reduces their risk of acquiring osteoporosis
- It suppresses cough in children
- It can be used as a smoking cessation aid
- It provides psychological benefits to women
- Its topical use can help with skin conditions such as psoriasis, rashes, and eczema
- It limits the progression of benign prostate hyperplasia (BPH), which is an enlargement of the prostate that is not cancerous. An enlarged prostate is a normal occurance in most older men that causes a weak or interrupted urine stream, a sensation that their bladder is not completely empty even after urinating, or dribbling after urination
By : Natural Health News