Red clover is a member of the legume family and though it is native to Europe, Western Asia and Africa, it has naturalized in many other parts of the world as well. The tiny pink flower taste and smell sweet and are edible. They are used in a variety of dishes, as a garnish or in teas. The health benefits of this fragrant little flower are discussed below.
Fights Aging Skin
Red clover can help reverse the aging process of the skin when a woman is going through menopause due to its estrogen-like compounds; these can leave the skin firm and youthful-looking.
Promotes Wounds and Burn Healing
Red clover, applied topically, will also help promote healing for wounds and burns and decrease the chances of getting an infection from them.
Treats Psoriasis and Eczema
Topical application of red clover, either as a decoction or in a salve or lotion has long been used to cure a number of skin conditions, including psoriasis, eczema and other irritations.
Fights Skin Cancer
Red clover has also been topically applied to cancerous skin cells in a natural, complementary therapy along with more traditional cancer treatments.
If your hair is dry or brittle, the isoflavones in the red clover will help to strengthen and moisturize it and also treat dandruff and irritation of the scalp.
Promotes Heart Health
Compounds in red clover help to raise good cholesterol levels and also thins the blood, which reduces the risk of events like heart attacks or strokes and supports good circulation throughout the body.
Treats Menopause Symptoms
Women experiencing hot flashes, night sweats, breast tenderness and other symptoms related to menopause can find relief with red clover due to its estrogen-like effects.
Women who have problems with infertility, miscarriages or premature menopause due to low hormone levels can benefit from red clover because of the fact that it mimics estrogen in the body.
Supports Bone Health
Loss of bone health due to hormonal changes is a big issue for women during menopause. Women can benefits from red clover’s estrogen-like effects in terms of keeping bones strong during menopause and preventing the development of osteoporosis.
The estrogenic properties of red clover along with its isoflavones can be an effective prevention against cancer, particularly cancer of the endometrium; it has not, however, shown the ability to treat cancer once it develops.
Thus, red clover is not just a wonderful beauty add for your hair and skin — although that is a nice benefit, too! It can also promote cardiac and circulatory health, act as a natural replacement for hormones during menopause and even prevent the occurrence of cancer. What’s more, it is inexpensive and readily available at most health food stores.
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