Overview

Red clover (Trifolium pratense) is a flowering plant that grows 15-40 cm high. It's eaten as a legume and used in supplements marketed for female health.

Red clover contains chemicals called phytoestrogens that are similar to the hormone estrogen. It grows in many areas, including Europe, central Asia, and northern Africa.

People commonly use red clover for symptoms of menopause, weak and brittle bones, breast pain, male-pattern baldness, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support any of these uses.

Don't confuse red clover with sweet clover. They are different plants.

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