Natural Relief for Hot Flashes-Beautiful Red CloverJun 8th, 2011 | By Ameenah | Category: Natural Remedies
Red clover grows naturally in Europe and Asia and has been introduced into North America for grazing purposes. Also called cow clover, bee-bread, and purple clover, red clover is now being thought of as a “cure-all” for menopause symptoms including a natural relief for hot flashes.
Menopause symptoms are the result of a drop in estrogen. This drop causes hormone imbalance in women who have reached middle-aged. Isoflavones (isofavones are water-soluble chemicals found in many plants) are capable of augmenting and stabilizing these lowered hormonal levels, curbing the severity of these symptoms of low estrogen levels. The isoflavones in red clover balance the body’s estrogen levels by copying estrogen. This process helps to relieve menopausal women suffering from a hormone imbalance. According to some reports, red clover’s benefits have been proven to help relieve various symptoms of menopause which include night sweats as well as hot flashes.
Red clover is one of the premium sources of, phytoestrogens, i.e., plant estrogens that mimic the female sex hormone. These phytoestrogens help to increase the levels of estrogen in our bodies, Isoflavones are water-soluble chemicals found in many plants, thereby reducing menopausal symptoms. Red clover also contains many vitamins and minerals including calcium, magnesium, niacin, potassium, chromium and Vitamin C.
Benefits of Red Clover
Studies on red clover show that it does seem to reduce menopause symptoms of hot flashes and mood swings which is a natural relief for hot flashes. In a recent study in the Netherlands, women taking a red clover supplement reported a 44% decrease in their hot flashes over 8 weeks. Red clover is also thought to be helpful in fighting osteoporosis. Because it contains high amounts of calcium, red clover may slow down or even prevent bone loss. Red clover also increases the amount of high-density lipoprotein, or “good” cholesterol, in the bloodstream. This has been linked to reducing the risk of heart disease in menopausal women. So with the added benefit of providing natural relief for hot flashes Red Clover is not only nature’s beauty but medicinal as well.
Conversely to the previous studies on the effect of red clover as a natural relief for hot flashes, more recent studies have not been as promising. One study was conducted at the University of Illinois at Chicago, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. After comparing red clover to a placebo the herb did not prove to reduce hot flashes or night sweats.
With the reports from various studies at hand you will need to do your own research to determine if red clover provides natural relief from hot flashes.
Prior to consuming any herb for hot flashes, I suggest you do your research and check with a progressive and knowledgeable health practitioner.
Ameenah Lutfee has practiced optimal health for over 25 years before becoming a freelance writer. Her “30 Awesome Discoveries, Natural Relief for Menopause” report is free and available at www.awesomehealthandwealth.com. She currently maintains up to date insights on natural relief for hot flashes via her blog site, Natural Relief for Hot Flashes.