The scientific name of red clover is Trifolium pratense. The dark color pink flower of red clover with three leaflets of red clover has many medicinal therapeutic uses. Other common name include Bee-bread, Cow Clover, Meadow Clover, Purple Clover, Red Clover, Trefoil, Wild Clover.
Red clover nutrition
Red clover is a source of many nutrients including calcium, chromium, magnesium, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C. Red clover is a rich source of isoflavones (chemicals that act like estrogens and are found in many plants).
Health benefits of red clover
Good for bone health
According to a study, red clover contains isoflavones that helps to prevent bone loss, and has potentially protective effect on the lumbar spine in women.
Red clover supplementation can be an effective natural way to deal with osteoporosis.
- Natural remedy for hot flashes
Red clover isoflavones can be an effective herb for management of hot flashes as it significantly reduce menopausal hot flush symptoms.
In a study, intake of 80 mg of red clover isoflavone dietary supplement per day resulted in a significant reduction in hot flashes.
According to a study, intake of red clover herb significantly decreases menopausal symptoms in postmenopausal women. It also helps to decrease mean total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol and triglyceride levels.
Using red clover with pomegranate powder works synergically, that not only helps to loose weight but also act as potent and protective agent for relieving menopausal syndrome.
A study has shown the intake of red clover and dried pomegranate powder together act as anti-obesity and anti-osteoporotic agent.
A study has shown that red clover demonstrates aromatase inhibition activity, which may reduce the risk of estrogen receptor positive breast cancer.
Another study has shown that red clover isoflavones helps to kill human prostate cancer cells.
In another study, red clover isoflavones inhibit the proliferation and promote programmed cell death of benign prostatic hyperplasia stromal cells.
According to another study, red clover helps to stops and kill human glioblastoma cells and brain cancer cells.
Useful in Metabolic Syndrome
According to a study, red clover extracts contains many major compounds, that are useful in treating various disorders ranging from menopausal to metabolic syndrome.
Anti-inflammatory and good for heart health
Red clover herb act as natural, effective anti-inflammatory agent that helps to reduce inflammation in the body and helps to protect the system from harmful effects of the toxins. Along with that red clover is also good for heart health which helps to reduce the risk of many cardiovascular diseases.
A study has shown that red clover may reduce inflammation associated with cardiovascular disease by ameliorating lipopolysaccharide-induced toxicity.
Avoid using red clover if you have coagulation disorders or currently undergoing anticoagulation therapy (blood thinners).
Red clover recipes, uses and ideas
Make red clover tea with fresh or dried herb. Add a tsp red of clover tea with few mint leaves in to the a cup of hot water. Steep for 15 minutes and optionally use honey to sweeten.
Add fresh flower in to your salad, sauces, dips etc.
Use red clover while baking breads etc.