If you have ever searched the fields for a lucky four leaf clover, then you may well have come across the flowering red clover!
Red clover is a flowering plant actually belongs to the legume family, which is the same family as peas and beans. Its scientific name is trifolium pratense.
Red clover is native to Europe, Western Asia and northwest Africa, where it grows wildly in meadows but is also naturalised in other continents such as North America.
The flowers that appear at the end of the branched stems are red (or deep pink) in colour, hence the name.
The red clover flowers are used in supplements as well as in food and beverages, as a flavouring ingredient.
You can also drink red clover tea. Our range of red clover tablets and supplements are specifically formulated for women.
Red clover is known to be high in isoflavones, which are a specific group of molecules which make up a phytochemical, which is a natural plant chemical.
These can also be found in other legumes such as soybeans.
These phytochemicals are considered phytoestrogens, which are similar in structure to oestrogen and it is thought that they may behave in a similar way.
Red clover is available as a supplement, in the form of tablets and capsules as well as a liquid extract.
Nature’s Garden Red Clover Blossoms with Vitamin B6 430mg Capsules is a natural herbal food supplement which contains vitamin B6 as well as red clover. Vitamin B6 contributes to regulation of hormonal activity.
Nature’s Aid Red Clover Complex provides red clover extract alongside other natural ingredients such as sage, Siberian ginseng and liquorice. It provides 40mg of isoflavones per daily dose.
If you find it difficult to swallow tablets then you could try a red clover liquid extract instead. Herbal Authority Red Clover Liquid Extract is simple to take – just mix with a little water.
There is no reference nutrient intake (RNI) for red clover.
You should take one of the Nature’s Garden Red Clover Blossoms with Vitamin B6 430mg 100 Capsules three to six times daily, preferably with meals.
If you find it difficult to take tablets, or you just prefer not to take them, then the Herbal Authority Red Clover Liquid Extract 500mg is a great alternative.
Simply mix 1ml of the red clover liquid extract with a little bit of water and take this three to five times daily, preferably with meals.
Everyone is different and therefore some may find that red clover works well for them, while others may find that it has significantly less benefits.
As with any supplement, it is recommended that you discuss with your doctor before you start to take red clover.
Red clover is very common and grows wildly in meadows. It is native to Europe, Western Asia and northwest Africa. It has also been introduced in North America, where it now grows abundantly.
Yes – as red clover is a plant, most red clover supplements are suitable for both vegetarians and vegans.
However, you should always ensure that you check the ingredients before you take any supplement.