Red Clover and Hair Growth

The benefits of red clover for alopecia and hair growth.

I read recently online that red clover can help prevent/slow down hair loss in menopausal and post-menopausal women.

Red clover is apparently a rich source of isoflavones, which are water-soluble chemicals that act like estrogens, helping to prolong the anagen cycle of the hair follicle (the growing cycle). It also contains other beneficial nutrients, such as calcium, chromium, magnesium niacin, phosphorus, potassium, thiamine, and vitamin C.

Red clover is a perennial herb from Asia and Europe, also known as a cow clover, meadow clover, purple clover, and trefoil. It is the red and purple flowers of this plant that are dried and used to make the supplements. When you consider that red clover is used to treat skin inflammation, among other disorders*, it stands to reason that it would help with alopecia – which in the case of scarring alopecia at least, is caused by skin inflammation.

*In case you’re interested, red clover is also used to treat respiratory problems, whooping cough and premenstrual and menopausal symptoms like hot flushes, pain and breast tenderness.

Apparently, according to a source online, you can take red clover supplements, drink it as a tea or rinse your hair with it. However, I notice on the webmd website it says that there ‘isn’t enough information to rate the safety of red clover when applied to the skin’.

Here’s the list of side-effects from the webmd website

I’ve been taking red clover supplements in the form of capsules for the last couple of weeks. I’m only taking half the recommended dose, and it’s very early days, but I’ll obviously report on any benefits.

See you soon

Rachel x