Fermented red clover extract stops hot flushes, hormonal swings and bone loss.
Red Clover has a long history as a herbal medicine to relieve menopausal symptoms but f
ermented red clover is even better, according to a study by a Danish team.
The study found that the fermented version prevented the bone loss which normally affects one in three women over the age of 50.
There were no side effects and the extract also significantly decreased the number and severity of daily hot flushes.
“It is the fermentation process of the Red Clover extract that makes the difference, as the lactic acid fermentation increases the bioavailability of the bioactive estrogen-like compounds that Red Clover has in abundance,” explains Max Norman Tandrup Lambert., who was part of the team.
The team studied 130 women with menopausal symptoms – 60 of whom had at least five severe hot flushes a day.
The ones who took the Red Clover extract every day for 12 weeks gained huge benefits.
“We were speechless abou the data. There was a much greater effect than we had hoped for,” said Mr Tandrup Lambert.
“These findings are very promising as the benefits take place without any of the side effects of traditional prescribed hormone therapies that increase the risk of cancers and cardiovascular disease.
The study by researchers at the Dept of Endocrinology and Internal Medicine at Aarhus University and Aarhus University Hospital has been published in the journal PLOS one.