What You Should Know
Red clover has been used for centuries to help relieve coughs, skin problems and for preventing symptoms of menopause such as hot flashes and insomnia. Some herbal/diet supplements have been found to contain Red Clover which is used as a natural diuretic. The herbal remedy is said to stimulate the production of urine and helps to remove water and waste materials from the kidneys and bladder. This increased urine flow is said to aid in the loss of excess water retention in the body and ultimately result in overall weight loss. The FDA has not reviewed Red Clover for safety or effectiveness.
Trifolium pratense. Red Clover may contain beneficial nutrients such as calcium, chromium, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, selenium, zinc, beta-carotene and vitamins B3, C and E.
The recommended daily dosage for adults is 1 to 2 teaspoons infused into one cup of water that has been brought to a boil. Drinking one cup three times per day is recommended for best results. Red Clover is not recommended for children or pregnant or nursing mothers because of its estrogen-like abilities. Although there is no clear research that suggests that Red Clover is unsafe, women who have had or who currently have breast cancer should avoid using the herb. Red Clover has been associated with adverse side effects such as upset stomach or nausea, breast pain, severe headaches, weakness, leg pain and chest pain. Some liquid preparations of this product may contain sugar or alcohol and should be used with caution for those with diabetes and alcohol sensitivities.
- Red Clover has been used for centuries to treat a variety of ailments.
- May contain beneficial nutrients.
- Red Clover contains estrogen-like elements that may be harmful for some women.
- Red Clover has been associated with adverse side effects in some individuals.
- Some diet formulations containing Red Clover may include sugar and/or alcohol.
If your goal is to reduce high blood pressure, lose weight, prevent stroke, or eliminate water retention, Red Clover may be a viable option for some. However the FDA has not evaluated Red Clover for safety or for effectiveness. Adverse side effects have been associated with those taking Red Clover as a dietary supplement. Red Clover is not recommended for children, pregnant or nursing women and those with Type 2 Diabetes. However Red Clover may contain some beneficial properties but caution should be used when using the herbal supplement. Red Clover is available for purchase at many online retail sites which carry vitamins and supplements. Many local health food and nutrition stores may carry Red Clover as well. Red Clover is reasonably priced and affordable for the average consumer.