We get many questions from folks wondering about red clover and essiac. Usually these folks are ones who have been diagnosed with an estrogen based cancer. Quite often they read on a blog that red clover is not good for those with estrogen based cancers. Sometimes their practitioner passed that information along to them.
In spite of the fears, year after year breast cancer survivors reach out to us telling us that they are in remission, that their numbers are improving, or that they are feeling so much better. And you will learn why in the video above from an Essiac tea researcher.
As you learned in the video above, red clover is one of the herbs in essiac tea. It also just so happens to be a rich source of isoflavones. Why are isoflavones important?
According to Gregory Burke, MD, Isoflavones are compounds that mimic the beneficial effects of estrogen - but without risk. You see, estrogen-replacement therapy does in fact raise the risk of breast and ovarian cancer, but isoflavones found in the diet such as those found in soy do not. Dr. Burke is the professor and director of public health sciences at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, which is located in Winston-Salem, North Carolina).
You can also read this study which mentions how higher intake of soy and soy isoflavones were inversely associated with risk of cancer incidence, which suggested that the benefitial role of soy against cancer may be primarily attrbutes to soy isoflavones. These findings support recommendations to include soy as part of a healthy dietary pattern for prevention of cancer.
In the eight herb Essiac formula, the concentration of Genistein which is the phytochemical in Red Clover inhibits the estrogen receptors in tumors. This makes the endogenous estrogen unable to compete with said receptors and make them grow.
1. The herbs in essiac tea work in a synergistic manner. This means that, when taken together in a specific ratio, they have a different effect than they would have if they were taken one herb at a time. It’s similar to how the ingredients in a cake don’t necessarily taste good on their own, but when you mix them together in a specific ratio and bake it, well -- then you have something special! If you take out the red clover and make, for instance, a 7 herb essiac, you're not going to have the same outcome.
2. Some folks decide they would prefer the 4 herb essiac since that blend doesn't include red clover. That would only make sense if you are assuming that red clover is harmful, and as the video above indicates, the opposite is true. If you reach for 4 herb essiac, you're going to miss out on the additional benefits that the extra 4 herbs that make up the 8 herb formula provide. You see, research shows that the eight herb essiac outperforms the four herb essiac. That information is documented in the book The Essiac Report by Richard Thomas.
3. In addition, here is an article from the Mayo Clinic mentioning how the isoflavones present in food such as soy are not sufficient to cause breast cancer. In fact, a lifelong diet including such foods actually reduces breast cancer. Read this article from the Mayo Clinic to learn more (Red clover is an herb, which is considered a food, and contains the helpful isoflavone Genistein). Learn more about that in the video at the very top of this page.
If you encounter any mis-information online, go ahead and send it to us via our contact form and we will take a look. We can help explain more about what you read. Keep in mind, none of the 4 herb essiac companies back their product with a Money Back Results Guarantee like we do. That really says a lot!
We hope this information helped clarify the issues surrounding red clover and essiac. If you have additional questions feel free to contact us.
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1 Binding of Red Clover Isoflavones to Actin as A Potential Mechanism of Anti-Metastatic Activity Restricting the Migration of Cancer Cells. Grażyna Budryn, Joanna Grzelczyk andHoracio Pérez-Sánchez. Molecules 2018, 23(10), 2471; https://doi.org/10.3390/molecules23102471
2 Breast Cancer & the Environment Research Centers: Early Life Exposure to the Phytoestrogen Genistein and Breast Cancer Risk in Later Years. Fact Sheet on the Phytoestrogen Genistein
3 Intake of Soy, Soy Isoflavones and Soy Protein and Risk of Cancer Incidence and Mortality. Yahui Fan, Wang M., Li Z. et al. Front Nutr. 2022; 9: 847421. doi: 10.3389/fnut.2022.847421