Red Clover

Trifolium pratense

Red clover is a herb that grows wild throughout Europe and Asia. Its the lovely red flowers on this herb that get dried and used for medicinal purposes. Red clover contains many nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamin and Vitamin C. It is also a rich source of isoflavones, which are photo oestrogen’s.

This wild herb is used to assist in the treatment of several health conditions, including cancer, whooping cough, respiratory problems, skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema and even cardiovascular health and menopause symptoms.  Research has shown that red clover contains isoflavones which are plant chemicals that produce oestrogen-like effects in the body.  Research has shown these plant oestrogens have been helpful in reducing hot flushes, insomnia, bone loss, bone fractures, cardiovascular health and osteoporosis symptoms associated with menopause. It has also been shown to boost the health of the skin, scalp and nails and helps slow down the effects of ageing caused by oestrogen loss.

Red Clover appears to have blood thinning properties which helps with blood flow and keeps blood clots from forming. 

Red Clover is available in tinctures, capsules and teas.
Always use herbal medications under the supervision of your health care professional, especially if you take other medication. If you are taking blood-thinning (anti-coagulants) medications, discuss the use of Red Clover (as well as other herbal supplements such as Ginkgo, Ginger, Garlic and Vitamin E) with your health care professional before taking. 

Red Clover may interfere with Tamoxifen (a drug used to treat breast cancer and infertility).
Due to the photo-oestrogens in Red Clover, it may increase the effects of hormone replacement therapy, birth control pills and other oestrogens. 
Pregnant or breastfeeding women should not take Red Clover.