With red clover herbal tea, you can enjoy the many benefits of red clover that traditional medicine and current research have shared with us.
Red clover is a perennial herb found in grassy fields and meadows, primarily in Europe and North America. The reddish-purple flowers of the red clover plant are used in traditional medicine to treat a wide variety of health concerns, and recent scientific research is providing additional evidence that this herb is good for our health and wellness.
Here are more of the benefits you'll enjoy from a cup of red clover herbal tea.
Much of the current research about red clover benefits is focusing specifically on how red clover can ease the discomforts and symptoms of menopause.
Red clover is a rich source of 'isoflavones,' which are a type of phytoestrogen. Phytoestrogens are naturally occurring, estrogen-like compounds found in plants, and red clover's isoflavones are being recognized for the many physical, emotional, and mental benefits they can provide during menopause.
Here is more of what we are learning about red clover and menopause from recent scientific studies.
This 2009 study focused on the emotional and mental health benefits of red clover for postmenopausal women.
In this research, 109 women aged 40 and over were randomly assigned to one of two groups. Participants in the first group received 2 capsules of red clover isoflavones each day for 90 days. After a 7-day rest period (during which they had no supplements), they were then given a placebo for the final 90 days of the research.
The process was reversed for the women in the second group - they received a placebo for the first 90 days of the study, followed by a 7-day rest period, and, for the final 90 days of the study, were given 2 capsules of red clover isoflavones each day.
Measures of anxiety and depression were taken at the onset of the study, and again on days 90 and 187.
Research results found, with the red clover supplement, a 77% reduction in scores in the Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale, and an 81% reduction in the Self Rating Depression Scale. During the study's placebo phase, only a 22% overall reduction in depression and anxiety was found.
Interested in reading more about this study? You'll find the study abstract here.
You'll find more research about red clover tea benefits here. Or, if you're not really interested in the research details, you'll find an overview of red clover health benefits here.
Our world is filled with the most wondrous herbs, many of which can benefit our physical, mental, and emotional health in so many ways. Red clover is one of these herbs, and current research is supporting what traditional medicine has passed along about this healthful herb.
A delicious, steamy cup of red clover herbal tea is a simple, enjoyable way that you can appreciate the many health and wellness benefits of this amazing plant.
As with any new herbal tea you're considering adding to your daily routine, always check first with your healthcare provider (especially if you're pregnant or nursing, are taking any prescription medications, or are being treated for any hormone-dependent condition or cancer). He or she will let you know if this tea is a wise, healthy choice for you.
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