The benefits of red clover tea range from improving bone strength, reducing the symptoms of menopause, easing anxiety and depression, and much more.
This simple herbal tisane, which is made by steeping the dried, reddish-purple flowers of the perennial red clover plant in hot water, has been valued for centuries for its health and wellness properties.
Here are some of the ways current scientific research is supporting what
traditional wisdom has told us about the benefits of red clover. (If you'd rather skip the research review, you'll find an overview of red clover benefits here.)
Early research suggests that red clover may provide protection against prostate cancer.
In a 2009 laboratory study of prostate cancer cells at the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland, researchers found that treating prostate cancer cells with red clover isoflavones significantly decreased production of PSA (prostate-specific antigens), which are found in higher levels in prostate cancer patients.
Red clover is perhaps most well-known for its ability to ease the physical, mental, and emotional changes that come about during menopause.
While research results have been mixed - certain studies indicate that this herb doesn't noticeably alleviate the symptoms of menopause - other studies show that red clover is an effective way to relieve hot flashes, reduce anxiety, improve bone health, and much more during menopause.
Here is some current research targeting the various ways that red clover can help with the changes and discomforts of menopause.
A study in 2005 at the Foundation for Health and Well Being in the Climacteric FUCLIM, Guayaquil, Ecuador, targeted the benefits of red clover in helping to alleviate the symptoms of menopause.
The 60 postmenopausal women (aged 40 years and over) who participated in this research were randomly divided into 2 groups. For the first 90 days of the study, the first group received a red clover isoflavone supplement each day, while the other group was given a placebo. After a 7-day rest period, the participants received the opposite treatment for the study's final 90 days.
For each participant, the Kupperman Index (KI) score was determined at the beginning of the research, and again on days 90 and 187. (The KI rates the intensity of 11 symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes, insomnia, nervousness, headaches, palpitations, melancholia, and more. These discomforts are rated on a scale of 0 to 3 for no, slight, moderate, and severe discomfort.)
Research results showed a decrease in the KI score after each treatment phase, most noticeably following the red clover supplement phase. Researchers concluded that red clover isoflavones can significantly decrease the discomfort of the changes that occur during menopause.
In this study, red clover was also found to benefit heart health by lowering triglyceride levels substantially.
If you'd like to read more, the research abstract for this study can be found here.
That's not all - read more about the research targeting red clover benefits here.
Or, if you're not really a research kind of person, you'll find an overview of the many ways red clover tea is good for health and wellness here.
Herbal teas (such as red clover tea) have been used and valued for centuries, not only for their refreshing taste, but also because these tisanes are quick, easy, satisfying ways to enjoy the many health and wellness benefits herbal teas can provide.
Why not steep a healthful cup of red clover tea today? This flavorful brew will satisfy your taste buds and nurture your body, too!
Although there are so many benefits of red clover tea for physical, mental, and emotional health and wellness (and it's delicious, too!), it's still important to be aware of any cautions or potential risks or contraindications associated with this herbal tea.
As with any new herbal tea you're thinking of adding to your diet, be sure to check with your healthcare professional to ensure red clover tea (or red clover in any other form) is a safe and healthy choice for you. This is especially important if you are taking any prescription medications, are being (or have been) treated for any hormone-dependent condition or cancer, or if you're expecting or a nursing mom. And be sure to ask your healthcare professional before giving red clover tea to your children, as well.
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