High content of isoflavone compounds may help elevate or balance mood.
The Red Clover is a trifoliate herbaceous perennial species of clover native to Europe, western Asia and northwest Africa, rich in coumarin, isoflavones and phytoestrogens. The Red Clover is a trifoliate herbaceous perennial species of clover native to Europe, western Asia and northwest Africa, rich in coumarin, isoflavones and phytoestrogens. •
The blossoms are traditionally used in springtime to promote general health and to revitalize the spirit. Helps to calm coughs, reduce skin inflammations, and improve general health. A member of the legume family, rich in phytoestrogens (including two key phytoestrogens: biochanin A and formononetin) compounds that function (like estrogen in the body), plant estrogens, contains all 4 types of isoflavones. Red clover is high in bioflavonoids. May help in alleviating some perimenopausal and menopausal symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, and other symptoms linked to estrogen levels.
Used as an alternative medicine for skin complaints such as eczema and psoriasis, cancers of the breast, ovaries and lymphatic system, chronic degenerative diseases, gout, whooping cough and dry coughs.
Red clover grows best where soils are rich in calcium, phosphorus and potassium. Hence it contains easily absorbed calcium & magnesium which tones and relaxes the nervous system, relieving tension due to stress and the associated headaches which are further relieved by the silicic acid content. Clinical evidence shows that there is a basis for it's long standing tradition in treating cancer and it's anti-microbial properties may be effective against tuberculosis. For women, it contains stilbene, which stimulates eostrogenic activity, thus increasing fertility, reducing "hot flashes" experienced by women during menopause. It supports the uterus with it's welltrien content, and it's high protein content nourishes the whole body. There is an alkalizing effect which can improve the vaginal and uterine acid/alkaline balance.
In Studies: Red clover has been shown to be a strong competitor binder for estrogen receptor sites, which may ultimately lessen the detrimental effects of menopause (J Agric Food Chem, 49, 5:2472-9, 2001). It may also raise high-density lipoprotein (HDL, or "good") cholesterol (Menopause, 8, 4:259-65, 2001).
History: In the middle ages it was considered a charm warn to ward off evil spirits and witches. The four leaf clover was said to have even more power against evil, a five leaf clover was said to be warn by witches to give them evil powers, and a two leaf clover would give a maiden the power to see her future lover.
Trifolium pratense has been used historically by Orientals and Europeans, and more recently by Americans, as a medicinal herb for a variety of purposes: as an anti-spasmodic, diuretic and topically for the treatment of eczema and psoriasis. It is also used in Europe, Asia and America as a human food, with both the young sprouts and the mature leaves providing a source of protein. Recently, red clover extracts are used for their phyto-estrogenic properties.
Technicals: Red clover is a member of the Family Leguminosae, and is considered to be a legume. Red clover is a biennial (or short-lived) perennial plant with summer flowering that, with summer flowering, produced multiple, fragrant, red-to-purple flowers. Red clover is native to Europe and the temperate regions of Central and Northern Asia and northwest Africa, but is now grown pretty much worldwide. The mature Red clover is about three feet tall and has leaves that consist of three oval-shaped leaflets carrying a distinctive, whitish, V-shaped marking.
Researchers are looking for a medicinal alkaloid 'slaframine' found in diseased clover, this substance has shown antidiabetic and anti-AIDS activity. Contains a mixture of natural isoflavone: Biochanin A, Formononetin, Daidzein and Genistein (in which Biochanin A and Formononetin predominate)
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