Red Clover Usage
Effect of Red Clover on Infertility
Red Clover is believed to have compounds that are help promote hormonal balancing, thereby increasing the chance for fertility. Much of red clover's effect on the female reproductive system is...
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What Is Red Clover Used for Today?
Evidence is inconsistent on whether red clover isoflavones are helpful for menopausal hot flashes , ^ with the largest trial failing to find benefits. ^ A small and poorly reported double-blind, placebo-controlled study provides weak evidence that red clover isoflavones might be helpful for cyclic mastalgia . ^ Although soy and, possibly, soy isoflavones ^ have been found to reduce cholesterol levels, two trials enrolling a total of more than 100 women failed to find red clover isoflavones helpful for this purpose. ^ However, in a double-blind, placebo-controlled comparative study of 80 people (both men and women), a red clover extract modified to be rich in biochanin did reduce LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, while one enriched in formononetin did not. ^ One very small double-blind study found hints that red clover isoflavones might slightly improve blood pressure in post-menopausal women with diabetes. ^ Preliminary evidence suggests that red clover isoflavones may help prevent or treat osteoporosis . ^ In a 6-month, double-blind study, use of red clover isoflavones failed to enhance or harm mental function . ^ There is no evidence that red clover can help treat cancer. However, its usage in many parts of the world as a traditional cancer remedy has prompted scientists to take a close look at the herb. It turns out that the isoflavones in red clover may possess anti-tumor activity in the test tube. ^ However, such preliminary research does not prove that red clover can treat cancer.
Red clover is sometimes recommended for the treatment of acne , eczema , psoriasis , and other skin diseases.