When it comes to herbal remedies for PMS, no herb is backed by a larger body of research than Chasteberry. Chasteberry is also a well known herbal remedy for menopause and fertility issues.
But does this tiny purple berry from the chaste tree really work? Here’s what science has to say about Chasteberry.
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What is Chasteberry (vitex agnus-castus)?
Chasteberry is a berry native to the Mediterranian and is often referred to as vitex agnus-castus — its scientific name.
This tiny berry has been used for centuries to support fertility, menstruation, and as a natural relief for menopause.
What are the benefits of Chasteberry?
Chasteberry benefits women battling menstrual irregularity or fertility issues.
Chasteberry appears to promote menstrual regularity by influencing the hormonal activity of the pituitary gland — although the exact mechanism of action is still being evaluated.
Clinical research indicates that Chasteberry is helpful in the treatment of menstrual disorders such as:
- PMS symptoms such as bloating, mood swings and breast pain
- PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome)
- Amenorrhea (absence of menstruation)
- Dysmenorrhea (menstrual cramps)
Why is Chasteberry good for menopause?
Chasteberry may also be beneficial in the treatment of menopausal symptoms such as mood swings, sleep interruption, and hot flashes.
In one study conducted with pre- and post-menopausal women, 70% of participants reported major to moderate improvements in night sweats and hot flashes after taking Chasteberry.
Chasteberry also appears to influence Melatonin secretion and therefore support sounder sleep — a common side effect of menopause. The exact science behind this correlation is still being understood.
It is important to note that many studies are conducted using herbal remedies containing multiple compounds. Research diving into the benefits of the isolated form of Chasteberry for alleviating menopausal symptoms is still ongoing.
What are the active ingredients in Chasteberry?
Chasteberry is packed with flavonoids, neolignans, and phenolic compounds. These compounds are thought to interact with dopamine receptors to inhibit prolactin— a hormone affecting fertility.
Chasteberry contains a variety of essential fatty acids that appear to be responsible for its PMS-relieving effects.
Chasteberry is also a rich source of antioxidants, which help combat day-to-day inflammation and oxidative damage.
How much Chasteberry should I take?
Research to date suggests that 4-40 mg per day of Chasteberry helps improve PMS symptoms.
It is recommended to take Chasteberry for 4-6 months in order to reap the longer-term benefits of this natural cycle companion.
Our Chasteberry capsules contain the same high dose (40mg) herbal extract shown in clinical research to support cycle health. Our extract is 100% organic certified.
The bottom line
If you suffer from PMS or menstrual disorders, Chasteberry might be able to provide some much needed relief.
It is important to note that Chasteberry is not recommended for people on estrogen therapy. It can also interact with certain medications — especially those that interfere with dopamine levels.