Red Clover

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Red Clover has always been a favorite plant of mine, and I know other herbalists will agree. Traditionally, it is one of the best anti-cancer herbs. It is also a nourishing blood-purifying herb. Because it is so high in nutrition, it is often used in herbal infusions during pregnancy preparation, pregnancy, and lactation when directed by a natural physician or herbalist. This mild estrogenic effect of red clover is thought to assist in fertility and create a more regular menstrual cycle. That’s because a rise in estrogen levels causes follicles to prepare for ovulation. Red Clover also has a lot of other benefits in relation to reproductive health. This nourishing herb, rich in vitamins and minerals is also a beneficial as a blood purifier. This can help to detoxify the body prior to conception and pregnancy. Other benefits are digestion and liver health, improved circulation, hormonal balance. It can be used for unknown infertility issues, blocked fallopian tubes, and irregular menses.

Benefits of Red Clover

  • It has a high vitamin content that supports the uterus
  • High in protein to aid the entire body
  • Contains easily absorbed calcium and magnesium (supports the nervous system)
  • Also has a high mineral content (due to super deep roots)
  • Alkalizes the body
  • Four isoflavones are found in red clover; formononetin, biochanin A, daidzein, and genistein, which have mild estrogenic activity. These may alter hormone production, metabolism, intracellular enzymes, cell production, and growth factors. (this is also an area where one study finds benefits, one may find negative effects.)
  • Helps to clear mucous in the body
  • It also has antibiotic properties and is effective against many strains of bacteria.
  • It’s a liver stimulant and activates the gallbladder, may have a slightly laxative effect.
  • Also used as a nerve tonic to calm a person.
  • Known as a female tonic to strengthen the ovaries

Nourishing your body so that it can provide a healthy home for your unborn child is crucial both prior to and after conception. Red clover contains a comprehensive array of vitamins and minerals including vitamin C, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, chromium, magnesium, thiamine, and niacin that are necessary for preparing the body for a healthy pregnancy. Prior to conception, these high levels of calcium and magnesium are thought to be part of the reason herbalists have observed that menstrual cramps are reduced in women taking red clover.

Red Clover is a nourishing food herb. It is rich in a variety of vitamins and minerals. It is one of the best blood-purifying herbs. This blood-purifying action is wonderful for pregnancy preparation, aiding in detoxification of environmental pollutants prior to conception. This function also may be helpful for women with cyclic acne. The action of Red Clover is one of the best known for acne and other skin conditions.

Red clover aids in improved circulatory function; this is very important for all functions of the body, but it is important to have good circulation to the genitals for reproductive function. Red Clover has been shown to increase cervical mucus, aiding vaginal dryness.

Red Clover is high in both calcium and magnesium. These are essential to proper bone formation as well as smooth muscle function. Both calcium and magnesium consumed regularly in foods like Red Clover help to reduce menstrual cramps.

Red Clover has been used for hundreds of years to improve liver function, which is essential to hormonal balance. This plant also aids in digestion and is known to help increase appetite. For women suffering from poor digestive issues, or those with poor appetite, this herb may help.  This may be extremely beneficial for women who are trying to gain weight to increase fertility. This herb is also supportive of kidney function.