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05/20/2010 - Articles

Red clover supplement helps with menopause

By: Susan Aldridge, medical journalist, PhD

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Menopause is often associated with symptoms like depression, anxiety and hot flushes. Although hormone replacement therapy can help, there are concerns over the long term impact of such treatment on women’s health. Therefore, a recent study showing the value of a natural, over-the-counter supplement in treating symptoms of the menopause is of interest.

Researchers at the General Teaching Hospital, Korneuberg, Austria, gave either red clover extract or placebo to a group of 109 menopausal women. The supplement reduced symptoms of depression and anxiety by around 80% and also significantly reduced the frequency of hot flushes.

The active ingredient in the red clover extract are plant isoflavones, which can mimic the natural female hormone estrogen. It may be, therefore, that the isoflavones make up for the estrogen which is lacking after the menopause. Red clover is well known as an alternative to hormone replacement therapy and is believed to be safe, with no adverse effects upon the breast, womb or liver. There are also no known interactions between red clover extract and other medications a woman may be taking.

 

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Lipovak M Maturitas May 2010

 

Created on: 05/20/2010
Reviewed on: 05/20/2010

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