Modern – day living is very convenient. People have easy access to their basic needs such as food, clothing, and decent shelter. Electricity, mobile phones, and the Internet have made it easier for most people to accomplish their goals throughout the day. Whilst, living life is easier nowadays, maintaining overall health seems to be a challenge for many. In Australia alone, many people are stressed, because of factors which include lack of sleep, work pressures, and even social media. It is common knowledge what stress can bring to the human body. It does not only affect our mental health, but it may also lead to other health problems like heart disease, asthma, obesity, diabetes, headaches, gastrointestinal problems, Alzheimer’s disease, and premature death.
Red Clover is a wonder herb, not because we claim that it can cure everything, but it is rich in powerful components that can help maintain overall health and balance hormones. Here are some of its benefits.
It may help induce sleep
Getting enough sleep is one of the best ways to combat chronic stress. However, 32% of Australians are sleep – deprived. This has serious consequences, because sleep and mental health are closely connected. In fact studies suggest that a good night’s sleep can help an individual to develop both mental and emotional resilience. Without it, mental problems are likely to occur.
Red clover is a good source of phytoestrogens, which help improve sleep, lower sleep disturbances, reduce symptoms of insomnia, diminish daytime tiredness, and increase sleep efficiency. They can directly affect the body’s endocrine system, which produce hormones that regulate sleep.
Can reduce hypertension
Hypertension, which can lead to heart attack, stroke, or kidney disease, affects 33.7% of adult Australians. Despite the information about it that is readily available online, managing it remains to be a challenge for many of its sufferers.
Though hypertension may be treated with drugs, lifestyle factors are still the best way to deal with high blood pressure. These include stress management, regular physical exercise, quitting smoking, and decreasing alcohol consumption. The World Health Organization (WHO) also suggests that high sodium consumption is associated with high blood pressure, increased heart disease, and stroke. Thus, it is advisable to reduce salt in food. This, along with healthy food choices can make a difference.
Red clover benefits those who suffer from hypertension, because of its ability to reduce water retention in the body. The volume of blood that flows in the blood vessels plays an important role in as far as blood pressure is concerned. This wonder herb can help control high blood pressure, since it helps reduce inflammation.
Hypertension is not curable and controlling it is a lifelong commitment. Consulting a doctor is still important when it comes to seeking advice on how to effectively manage blood pressure.
Lowers cholesterol levels
Cholesterol, a waxy substance found in the blood, is what the body needs to build healthy cells, but too much of it can lead to heart disease. High levels of cholesterol can cause fatty deposits to be developed in the blood vessels. This will increase the risk of heart attack and stroke since it will be difficult for enough blood to flow through the arteries.
There are different types of cholesterol. One of them is the Low-density Lipoprotein (LDL). This kind of cholesterol builds up in the walls of the arteries, making them hard and narrow. A study has suggested that red clover has the ability to lower LDL cholesterol, because it is rich in isoflavones. Another study conducted on mice backs this up. This makes red clover tea a good medicinal drink for those who struggle with high cholesterol, because unlike fat, cholesterol can’t be exercised off or burned for energy.
Red Clover boosts the immune system
Like many medicinal plants, red clover is rich in nutrients that help keep the body in top shape. Not only it is a good source of isoflavones, it is also rich in polyphenols. These antioxidants protect the body from oxidative stress which can lead to cell and tissue damage. It is also a source of thiamine, an anti-stress vitamin which may strengthen the immune system; potassium, the third most abundant mineral in the body that helps the body regulate fluid, send nerve signals, and regulate muscle contractions; phosphorus, a mineral that plays an important role in the health of the kidneys, bones, muscles, blood vessels, as well as each cell in the human body; niacin, a vitamin that plays a role in cell signaling and DNA repair; magnesium, a mineral that is needed for normal bone structure in the body; chromium, which can help keep blood sugar levels normal; calcium, which is necessary in maintaining bone health; and Vitamin c, a strong antioxidant that may be helpful in reducing chronic diseases, battling high blood pressure, lowering heart disease risk, reducing blood uric acid levels, preventing iron deficiencies, and boosting immunity by helping white blood cells function better.
Red Clover can relieve some discomfort associated with menopause
Menopause is a normal condition that all women experience as they age. As the years of child bearing begin to end, a woman’s ovaries produce less estrogen. As the drop in estrogen quickens, many women experience symptoms like hot flashes and night sweats. Their mood is also affected and depression or anxiety worsens during menopause. It has been mentioned that red clover contains isoflavones, which act like estrogen in the body. With that being said, red clover tea is a safe and effective herbal remedy for menopausal women.
It helps reduce menstrual cramps and PMS symptom
Every woman’s body is different. Not all women experience the same PMS symptoms and discomforts when they have their period. In fact, there are women who don’t feel any pain at all. Despite the differences in women’s bodies, red clover tea is a perfect healing tonic for an average adult woman. Its isoflavones work like estrogen inside a woman’s body. Therefore, when estrogen dips during PMS or menstrual cycle, it may give relief to dysmenorrhea and common PMS symptoms like breast pain.
Legend says that if one wants good luck, they can make a wish on a four-leaf clover, but good health is something that cannot be wished for. It is about making choices that will benefit the mind, spirit, and the body. Simple choices like choosing the kind of food to eat can make a difference and in the case of those who believe in the power of herbs, a cup of herbal tea can do wonders.