Red clover tea is an herbal infusion that is brewed from the blooms of the red clover plant, a perennial flowering herb. This herb is rich in some beneficial active compounds, which can be obtained by drinking red clover tea.
Red clover tea offers a natural alternative to pharmaceutical oestrogen therapy for menopausal symptoms. This is because red clover tea is rich in isoflavones, potent compounds that are beneficial in the treatment of menopausal symptoms, such as hot flushes, night sweats and other vasomotor symptoms. Isoflavones are phytoestrogens that act on the opioid system to regulate oestrogen levels in the body, which helps to alleviate the symptoms of menopause,
Red clover tea is rich in antioxidants, which are potent compounds that fight the harmful effects of free radicals. Free radicals, although they are naturally occurring molecules in the body, cause serious cellular damage to the body tissues (See Resources). By neutralising the effects of free radicals, the antioxidants in red clover tea help prevent disease and hinder premature ageing.
Red clover tea contains a form of vitamin E called tocopherol, which is a powerful anticarcinogenic compound. It helps to prevent the growth of cancerous tumours and lowers the risk of developing this deadly disease, particularly breast cancer. Tocopherol also kills cancerous cells and prevents their spread through the body.
Red clover tea is a popular folk remedy for respiratory conditions such as colds, coughs and bronchitis. It is commonly used as a gargle to treat sore throats and mouth sores. Red clover tea has expectorant properties that help to loosen phlegm in the respiratory tract, making it easier for the body to expel it. Taking red clover tea is also recommended by folk healers to relieve bronchial spasms.
Red clover tea has been found to be beneficial in regulating the levels of cholesterol in the body by lowering amounts of bad cholesterol, while increasing the levels of good cholesterol in the bloodstream. In a clinical research study by Baker Medical Research Institute (see References), red clover isoflavones were reported to have been effective in lowering the levels of cholesterol in men who participated in the research group. Regulating levels of cholesterol is critical in helping to prevent cardiovascular disease.