Red clover Isoflavones and MenopauseDecember 27, 2011 December 27, 2011
Many studies have come out in support of Red Clover Isoflavones as an aid in menopausal symptoms and other ailments affecting menopausal age women including a new one in the International Journal of Gynecology & Obstetrics
Red Clover is one of the most extensively studied food supplements. Some research suggests the Red Clover Isoflavones helps with flashes and flushes, depression and other symptoms. New research suggests that Red Clover Extract (RCE) “exerted a subject improvement of scalp hair and skin status as well as libido, mood, sleep, and tiredness in postmenopausal women.” (1)
Recently, red clover was cited as being more effective than placebo was more effective than placebo in reducing daily vasomotor frequency and overall menopausal intensity in postmenopausal women. (2)
Other earlier research has validated the benefits of red clover including “significantly decreased menopausal symptoms and had a positive effect on vaginal cytology and triglyceride levels.” (3)
Red clover is a plant that grows in the wild and is a favorite of grazing cattle. It contains isoflavones, plant based chemicals that produce estrogen like effects in the body. Isoflavones have shown potential in the treatment of a number of conditions associated with menopause.
1. Lipovac M, Chedraui P, Gruenhut C, et al. Effect of Red Clover Isoflavones over Skin, Appendages, and Mucosal Status in Postmenopausal Women. Obstet Gynecol Int. 2011;2011:949302.
2. Lipovac M, Chedraui P, Gruenhut C, The effect of red clover isoflavone supplementation over vasomotor and menopausal symptoms in postmenopausal women. Gynecol Endocrinol. 2011 Aug 26.
3. Hidalgo LA, Chedraui PA, Morocho N. The effect of red clover isoflavones on menopausal symptoms, lipids and vaginal cytology in menopausal women: a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Gynecol Endocrinol. 2005 Nov;21(5):257-64.