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What is Red Clover?

Red clover is a plant extract contains the plant estrogens formononetin, daidzein, biochanin, and genistein.

What are the uses for Red Clover?
Menopause Symptoms. These naturally occurring estrogens have been proposed as a treatment for menopause symptoms. A 16-week trial found a significant 50% reduction in hot flash incidence and 47% reduction in severity of hot flashes. Conversely, two other well-designed studies reported no significant benefit of red clover extract for hot flashes. Therefore, there is no convincing evidence that red clover extract is beneficial for menopause symptoms and more studies need to be done.

What Precautions should I know about?
There is currently debate regarding the action of naturally occurring plant estrogens and their effects on breast tissue. Some experts believe that these weak estrogens will not stimulate the breast tissue and should not increase the risk of breast cancer. However, other experts are concerned that even the weakest estrogens may stimulate the breast and could potentially increase the risk of breast cancer. Certainly, more studies are necessary before recommending red clover products to women at risk for breast cancer or who have had breast cancer.

What about Side Effects?
Fortunately, most phytoestrogens are well tolerated. Minor stomach cramps can be associated with intake of red clover. No significant change in vaginal bleeding patterns has been reported with phytoestrogen use.

What are the recommended Preparations/Dosages?
If a woman choses to take Red Clover, the recommended dose is 40 – 80 milligrams per day.

Are there any Contraindications?
Red Clover should not be used in pregnant or breastfeeding patients.