The therapeutic benefits of red clover are especially important for all women because this wondrous herb is most frequently studied for its ability to treat menopausal symptoms through hormone replacement.
Since women are subject to monthly hormonal cycles with fluctuating symptoms and discomforts, red clover extract supplements can be used to help control these menopausal fluctuations naturally, without the use of (once popular) hormone replacement therapies and harmful synthetic prescription medications.
That’s not to say that red clover when used in isolation will produce the same results for everybody. It should therefore be used in combination with other well known natural hormonal precursors in order to obtain the most effective results. (See below for more about this)
The more well researched benefits of this unique herb include:
Limited studies suggesting other possible benefits of include:
Studies on these ‘possible benefits’ are at this time considered inconclusive. Some are conflicting thus more conclusive research is needed. The recommended course of action is therefore to not rely on red clover herb as an isolated treatment for any of these conditions.
Other benefits (fighting disease/medical conditions) have been suggested based on traditional practices/reputation and/or scientific theories.
Red clover along with other specialized nutrients which act as hormonal precursors, contain compounds called ‘phytoestrogens’. These act to balance estrogen levels within your body and control the negative symptoms associated with menopause.
Key natural hormonal precursors are:
These precursors act as hormonal fuel for your body, so including them as a part of your nutritional intake (via supplementation) results in a natural balancing of your hormonal cascade.
They are far gentler and safer on your system than prescription hormonal medications/treatments (and are considerably less expensive!)
Hormonal balance is integral for well-being in women!
Studies show that the most effective part of the herb is the very top of the flower as this contains the highest quantity of isoflavones – the crucial active ingredient.
Red clover also contains several other important nutrients, each of which has its own health benefits: calcium, chromium, magnesium, potassium, vitamins A and C, and B-complex.
Scientists at the Vrije Universiteit Medical Centre in the Netherlands were able to show through their work that menopausal women reported a 4% reduction in hot flashes when taking a supplement of red clover over women given a placebo. Several other related studies have reported significantly higher results.
Positive results were found at the Baker Medical Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia, which showed that red clover helped reduce the strain on the left ventricle of post-menopausal women - which can lead to better overall circulation and less night sweats and possible heart conditions.
One of the key benefits for women lies in helping relieve the cramps associated with menstrual cycles in pre-menopausal women as well as in helping prevent vaginal dryness in menopausal women.
The benefits of this herb and the other hormonal precursors should definitely be considered as a replacement therapy to conventional medicine treatment (estrogen therapy) which has been shown to create thickening of the lining of the uterus - this can lead to cancer!
Reports indicate no major side-effects for the use of red clover (up to one year).
It may however increase the risk of bleeding (in theory). If you take this herb (or any others) discuss it with your doctor – he/she may require you to stop taking all herbal extracts before undergoing surgery.
Women that are pregnant or breast-feeding should not use red clover without their doctor’s approval.
Studies on animals have shown a link between the clover herb and infertility, abortion, and to cancer in offspring.
If you are currently on any type of hormone replacement therapy please talk with your doctor before using this (or any other) herb. It may interact with your medical treatment causing hormonal swings and imbalances.
Women with a history of breast, uterine, or cervical cancer should also consult with their physician before considering the use of the red clover herb in any form.
It is not the herb that’s the issue; but rather any medications or treatments that you may already be undertaking.
Benefits can be reduced or even cancelled out entirely due to interactions with pharmaceutical medications, other supplements or medical treatments.
Red clover extracts provide far superior benefits in some certain supplements than in others. Some work well, many do not!
So the first thing to check for is that the extract is standardized. Standardization has become the industry standard.
Standardization guarantees the potency and amount of isoflavones from batch to batch – as these can vary tremendously when herbs are grown and processed.
Many supplements avoid using standardized extracts because they are considerably more expensive!
Very importantly the supplement company should manufacture its own products and control the manufacturing process through all stages. Avoid companies who contract out their manufacturing (as most do!)
To guarantee absolute safety, purity, and potency all raw materials must be sourced from GMP registered and audited facilities. All ingredients must have a Certificate of Analysis (COA) on file confirming their potency.
The supplement company must test all raw materials prior to manufacture for compliance with certificates of analysis and for microbiological contamination.
To further ensure safety and ingredient amounts in accordance with label claims, be sure the manufacturer is GMP compliant at a pharmaceutical level – this is the highest standard possible for the manufacture of nutritional supplements.
Prior to releasing each batch of product a further microbiological analysis must be carried out along with a heavy metal analysis.
Be sure the product contains no artificial: -
Nor potential allergenic substances - lactose, gluten, wheat, yeast.
The product should naturally come with a 100% money back guarantee - without ridiculous conditions that make you jump through hoops if you wish to get your money back. The manufacturer must be prepared to stand by their product - this again is an industry standard these days.
One product that supplies you with the maximum benefits of red clover are the 'Total Balance Women’s versions' from the Xtend-Life Company !
Total Balance meets every one of the criteria listed above and much much more.
In additional to red clover - Total Balance Women’s Premium version contains 18 other standardized herbal extracts!
But Total Balance is far more than just a herbal supplement!
It contains an amazing 97 ingredients which quietly go to work targeting every organ and system in your body, including your brain, to support overall wellness, slow your aging process, supply superior antioxidant protection and advanced disease prevention.
This is the supplement that my family and I have taken for the past 12 years with fantastic health results. My mother is delighted with the benefits of red clover and those of the other hormone precursors in TB which are helping her to feel great at 83 years of age.
If you would like to learn more about Total Balance for Women there are 3 power packed' versions to choose from depending on your health goals and your budget.They are lead by the Flagship PREMIUM VERSION which as I mentioned above contains an incredible 97 ingredients! This link will take you through to the product page for the Premium Version TB Women's Premium Version
You may also like to take a look at my leading vitamin supplements comparison charts to see how Total Balance completely DOMINATES the other leading multi nutrient health vitamin supplements. There's plenty of evidence to see!
So my last word on red clover and its potential health benefits is that it is a very safe and valuable herb especially for women, providing natural hormonal balancing to control the symptoms of menopause. This is a crucial herb which should be included in Elite grade science-based women's supplements aimed at full body protection and overall wellness.