Study on clover and hot flashes

old message Red Clover and Hot Flashes Darrell Miller 10/18/05

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Date: October 18, 2005 10:13 AM
Subject: Red Clover and Hot Flashes

Study on clover and hot flashes

The importance of isoflavones (natural estrogenic plant compounds) for women with hormonal problems like PMS and menopausal discomforts is becoming more well known. The isoflavones in soy have been the subject of numerous studies on hot flashes and cramps, as well as osteoporosis, cholesterol and heart health. What many people do not know, however, is that clover is another good source of isoflavones.

In fact, Dr. Bruce Ettinger and his team at Kaiser Permanente have been studying the effect of two different types of clover on menopausal hot flashes and on cholesterol levels.

Clover is of particular interest because it contains four important types of isoflavones compared with soy’s two.

The study is ongoing, and Ettinger requires that female participants not be on any type of hormone replacement therapy for at least three months prior to the study. They also must not have had a period in six months, and they should be experiencing frequent hot flashes.

The goal of the study is to look at two different clover extracts and a placebo and their effects on female participants’ menopausal and cholesterol problems. This study also has the added importance of being the largest clinical trial of phytoestrogens so far. Currently, study findings are positive, and phytoestrogens do not have the same negative side effects associated with them that their prescription counterparts do.

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