Intake Of Fermented Red Clover Can Cure Menopause Symptoms, Says This Study
- IWB Post
- July 17, 2017
A new study, published in the journal PLOS One, has found a brilliant cure for the medical issues related to menopause.
According to it, intake of fermented red clover extract can help reduce the severity of daily hot flushes, hormonal mood swings and bone loss that usually take place during menopause.
The team, led by professor Per Bendix Jeppesen at the Dept. of Endocrinology and Internal Medicine under the Dept. Clinical Medicine at Aarhus University, examined fermented red clover to find if it was healthier than the prescribed estrogen therapy.
To do this, they conducted an experiment on 60 women whom they divided into two groups of 30 each. One of the groups was given 150 ml red clover extract to drink each day for 12 weeks, while the other group was drinking a masked placebo product in the same time span. After 12 weeks, both the groups were tested again. “There was a much greater effect than we had hoped for,” says Max Norman Tandrup Lambert, a researcher of the study.
He further explains, “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 (known as isoflavones or phytoestrogens) that Red Clover has in abundance.”
The findings of the study are very promising since it benefits the women without leaving any side effect, which usually comes along with the traditionally prescribed hormone therapies.
“The challenge with isoflavones is that they can be difficult to digest as they naturally occur in the plant bound to sugar molecules which prevent absorption. Hence, a large proportion of the isoflavones that are consumed (e.g. as a pill or capsule) can pass through the intestine without entering circulation. This problem is bypassed when the Red Clover extract undergoes a fermentation process. To be technical the process separates the sugar molecules from the isoflavones, thereby increasing bioavailability,” further explains Max Norman Tandup Lambert.
The measurements of the study were taken in the same way before and after 12 weeks of the treatment which increased the credibility of the findings since the menopause symptoms are particularly difficult to measure.