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Thered clover, speciesTrifolium Prato, is a herbaceous plant widely used in traditional Indian medicine. In Italy it has come to the fore in recent years, used as rmedium for the most diverse causes: for the thyroid, to alleviate the effects of menopause, as a sedative or natural anti-inflammatory. Let's see what the alleged arebenefits of red clover, if it works, if it makes you fat and what are its health effects.
Red clover: plant
The Trifolium pratese species, in Italy is cultivated mainly for forage purposes or, in the home, as a substitute for the lawn. The red clover, in fact, has characteristic ornamental leaves with small flowers that attract pollinating insects.
It is a plant that can be grown easily: it has no specific needs and grows well on soils with a pH between 5 and 7.5.
In short, if you are thinking of growing red clover the challenge is easy to accept. You can sow in the open field in spring, or, if you live in Southern Italy, even between September and October, before the cold arrives.
This plant is also appreciated for green fertilization: the root system absorbs large quantities of nitrogen which it then releases into the soil with green manure (to be practiced before flowering).
Thered cloveris used for the preparation ofherbal teas, herbal extracts, wraps and for tea. Let's see what its properties and benefits are associated with this herbaceous plant.
Red clover: properties and benefits
We will report here ibenefitsand the propertyfor which such plants are popular in India and somebenefitshighlighted with meta-analysis.
In India, thetrifolum pratenseis a popular plant for itsproperty:
- Pain relievers
Inalternative medicineto thered cloverthey correlate differentbenefits. It appears to be able to treat several ailments includingsymptoms of menopause, cough, lymphatic system disorders and thyroid related dysfunctions.
In particular, the plant was effective in relieving the effects of menopause, thered cloverit would seem useful in reducing the frequency of hot flashes.
Why thered cloveris it effective in treating hot flashes and reducing menopausal symptoms?
Because it contains coumestrol, a phytoestrogen that performs an activity on human estrogen receptors.
Red clover: benefits
This plant is rich in vitamins A, B12, vitamins E, K and C. It includes abundant doses of calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium and chromium. Thanks to its phytoestrogenic compounds, it is a very popular plant.
Its compounds counteract free radicals and boast great antioxidant power, not only for the vitamins but above all for the high content of isoflavones.
Red clover: contraindications
Although it is an established plant in traditional Indian medicine, the Western scientific community has not highlighted any evidence that it makes it effective in the treatment of coughs, in the prevention of cancer or in the treatment of problems affecting the lymphatic system.
Supplements based on Trifolium Prato, in some people, they can trigger skin rashes, redness, and other side effects such as muscle aches, nausea, and headaches.
Although on many portals it is recommended for the treatment of PMS, it should be taken with caution and in low doses. Especially if you have slow coagulation problems, in case of menstruation, its use is not recommended because it could make the flow more abundant.
Otherscontraindications: should be avoided in case of therapy with anticoagulant drugs.
Before taking red clover supplements or drops, it is important to consult your doctor. No remedy, even natural, can be taken lightly.
Red clover and breast problems
Others contraindications. For its phytoestrogen content, the consumption of red clover-based supplements iscontraindicatedin women who have a history - even if only family members - of breast cancer, endometriosis, ovarian cancer, uterine cancer, uterine fibroids and other conditions sensitive to estrogen. Unfortunately, these women cannot rely on any hormone therapy to alleviate the symptoms of menopause.
Some authors suggest that the high isoflavone content of Trifolium Prato, would neutralize the adverse conditions created by phytoestrogens. Despite this theory, thered cloverremains contraindicated in the conditions listed above.
For topical use (in the form of compresses, oils ...), theplantit has nocontraindication.
Does red clover make you fat?
No, there is no evidence that Trifolium pratese can be related to increased fat accumulation.