Red Clover

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How does Red Clover work?

Red clover contains "isoflavones" which are changed in the body to "phytoestrogens" that are similar to the hormone estrogen.

Are there safety concerns?

Red clover seems safe for most people. It can cause rash-like reactions, muscle ache, headache, nausea, and vaginal bleeding (spotting) in some women.

Do not take red clover if:
  • You are pregnant or breast-feeding.
  • You have a bleeding disorder.
  • You have breast cancer.
  • You have uterine cancer.
  • You have ovarian cancer.
  • You have endometriosis.
  • You have uterine fibroids.
  • You have a condition called protein S deficiency.
  • You are scheduled for surgery in the next two weeks. Red clover might increase the risk of bleeding.

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