Ladies, today I want to tell you about the latest menopause breakthrough. Recent research findings, reported in the journal PLOS One, reveal that fermented red clover extract can effectively reduce the number and severity of menopause-related hot flushes and mood swings.
Better still, the study also found that the extract is able to help prevent the normally accelerated menopausal bone loss that affects 1 in 3 women over the age of 50. In fact, the remarkable results showed that treatment with fermented red clover extract inhibited bone loss in the spine completely.
These findings are very promising as the benefits take place without any of the side effects of traditionally prescribed hormone therapies that increase the risk of cancers and cardiovascular diseases.
The researchers – led by professor Per Bendix Jeppesen from the department of Endocrinology and Internal Medicine, under the department Clinical Medicine at Aarhus University Hospital Denmark – investigated fermented red clover extract as a healthier alternative to traditional oestrogen therapy prescribed by doctors.
They analysed 60 women with menopause symptoms based on criteria of at least five severe hot flushes per day and blood tests (including FSH that indicates the ‘stage’ of menopause). The women were separated into two groups of 30 each, in which 30 drank 150ml of fermented red clover extract per day for 12 weeks, whilst the other 30 drank a placebo product.
After 12 weeks they were tested again. The women’s hot flushes were measured using a ‘skin conductor’ – a device that is applied to the underside of the wrist, which can determine the number of hot flushes and their severity objectively based on sweat secretion.
The effect of the fermented red clover extract on bone health was tested via DEXA scans of the spine and hips. Commenting on the findings, researcher Max Norman Tandrup Lambert said the researchers “were speechless about the data. There was a much greater effect than we had hoped for”.
The researchers believe it is the fermentation process of the red clover extract that makes the difference and is responsible for these benefits, as it is much easier to digest: “The lactic acid fermentation increases the bioavailability of the bioactive oestrogen-like compounds (known as isoflavones or phytoestrogens) that red clover has in abundance.”
Here's to your good health,
Journal Of Natural Health Solutions
PLOS One, published online ahead of print.