August 19, 2023

What Are the Benefits of Red Clover?

The benefits of red clover may include helping to alleviate menopausal symptoms such as hot flushes and reducing high cholesterol levels. It may also boost your immune system, and help to fight diseases. Its high isoflavone content can also have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. Isoflavones include daidzein, genistein, formononetin and pratensein. Other constituents include phenolic acids (including quercetin and kaempferol) and flavonoids (such as fisetin, naringenin, and apigenin).

Clover is usually seeded in winter or early spring. It can be grazed in summer or killed for a legume green manure crop during August before planting corn, soybeans, wheat, potatoes or other non-leguminous crops in fall. It can be incorporated into the soil, cut for hay or mulch, or grown as a short-lived perennial (12-18”). The crop has moderate nitrogen fixing abilities and is suited to most soils. It responds best to nitrogen (N) applied at seeding time but will benefit from a small amount of potash (229).

The isoflavones found in red clover, or Trifolium pratensis, have estrogen-like properties and activate the estrogen receptors in the body. Studies have shown that low doses of isoflavones can help women with menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, but more research is needed. Isoflavones in red clover have also been shown to increase bone density and reduce hypercholesterolemia. People with a history of breast cancer, endometrial cancer or other hormone sensitive conditions should avoid consuming red clover until further safety testing is completed.

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