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Red clover (Trifolium pratense)


Red clover/Nutrient Depletion:
  • GlucoseGlucose: In clinical research, red clover has been evaluated for its effects on blood sugar, with inconclusive results; in healthy premenopausal and postmenopausal women taking an isoflavone preparation from red clover (e.g., Promensil®), significant changes were lacking in insulin or glucose concentrations (25; 26). In human research, Promensil® unfavorably reduced the quantitative insulin sensitivity check index (QUICKI) compared to transdermal estrogen therapy (26).
  • LipidsLipids: Available evidence of red clover's (e.g., Menoflavon®) effects on lipid levels in humans remains inconclusive (68; 21; 69). Reductions in total cholesterol and LDL, as well as increases in HDL, have been observed (47; 44).

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