Presents the results of a British study on postmenopausal women who took daily supplements of Promensil, an isoflavone extract made from red clover. Effect of isoflavone on bones; Views of Lorra...
Red clover (Trifolium pratense)
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Many researchers have proposed a link between the isoflavone-rich Asian diet and a lowered risk of menopausal problems in Japanese women, including reduced rates of cardiovascular disease. In one of the first published studies on a purified red clover extract (Trifolium pratense L., Fabaceae) scientists found that the supplement improved arterial compliance (a measure of elasticity of the large arteries) in postmenopausal women (Nestel et al., 1999). Declining arterial compliance during and after menopause is known to increase a woman's chance of developing heart disease later in life.
Almost everyone is familiar with the compact pink blossoms and three-part leaves of red clover, growing by roadsides or cultivated in farmer's fields where "nitrogen fixing" nodules on the roots make it a useful soil budding crop.
Surprise, men — it's not saw palmetto.