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Vitex - Chasteberry Extract
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Benefits of Vitex / Chasteberry:

  • Supports Disorders of the Female Reproductive System*
  • Normalizing irregular menstrual periods and relieving premenstrual symptoms*
  • Bloating*
  • Breast tenderness*
  • Helps with moodiness*
  • Helping the pituitary gland to raise progesterone levels*
  • Induces the pituitary gland to free a luteinizing hormone*
  • Inhibits the release of prolactin*
  • Helps normalize the ratio of hormones required for normal menstrual function and fertility.*
  • Helps to lower prolactin levels and aid in the normal functioning of the ovaries*
  • Vitex agnus castus may stimulate the flow of breast milk in lactating mothers*
  • Symptoms of declining hormone levels such as hot flashes, sweating, vaginal dryness, nervousness, anxiety or depression*
  • Chasteberry acts to restore hormonal imbalances responsible for endometriosis-related pain, which can be severe.*

Read Below: Full Description, Clinical Studies & Research on Vitex / Chasteberry.

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Vitex - Chasteberry Extract - 300 mg.

90 VCaps

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Benefits of Vitex / Chasteberry:

  • Supports Disorders of the Female Reproductive System*
  • Normalizing irregular menstrual periods and relieving premenstrual symptoms*
  • Bloating*
  • Breast tenderness*
  • Helps with moodiness*
  • Helping the pituitary gland to raise progesterone levels*
  • Induces the pituitary gland to free a luteinizing hormone*
  • Inhibits the release of prolactin*
  • Helps normalize the ratio of hormones required for normal menstrual function and fertility.*
  • Helps to lower prolactin levels and aid in the normal functioning of the ovaries*
  • Vitex agnus castus may stimulate the flow of breast milk in lactating mothers*
  • Symptoms of declining hormone levels such as hot flashes, sweating, vaginal dryness, nervousness, anxiety or depression*
  • Chasteberry acts to restore hormonal imbalances responsible for endometriosis-related pain, which can be severe.*


In ancient times Chasteberry was a symbol of chastity, hence its common name, the chaste berry tree. Vitex has been researched due to its reputation for supporting female hormonal levels during menopause. Our unique standardized formula contains a minimum of 0.5% Agnusides, the active component of Vitex, as well as 150mg of Dong Quai for synergy and additional hormonal support.*


Chaste tree berry acts on the hypothalamus and pituitary glands by increasing luteinizing hormone (LH) production and mildly inhibiting the release of follicle stimulating hormone (FSH). The result is a shift in the ratio of estrogen to progesterone, in favor of progesterone. The ability of chaste tree berry to raise progesterone levels in the body is an indirect effect, so the herb itself is not a hormone.


Lack of menstruation (amenorrhea) that is caused by a lack of ovulation, and therefore a lack of progesterone production, should result in menses when progesterone is taken. Progesterone-induced menses indicates an intact reproductive system that just isn't going through its cycle.


It suggests that the body is producing enough FSH to stimulate the ovaries, and that the ovaries can develop follicles. It also indicates that follicular production of estrogen is sufficient to cause the lining of the uterus (endometrium) to grow and that the sloughed endometrium is able to pass through the cervical opening and the vagina. Therefore it's possible that the problem is a dysfunction in the hypothalamus or pituitary glands. The ability of chaste tree to modulate the hypothalamus or pituitary then makes this herb a good candidate for treating amenorrhea (infertility).


One of the most famous herbs in Ayurvedic medicine, Guggul possesses strong purifying and rejuvenating powers. People today most commonly use it to benefit from Guggul's lipid regulating and immunomodulating properties. It has been shown that Guggul can lower blood cholesterol by 14-27% and can lower triglycerides by 22-30%. The effects that Himalaya's Guggul has on the blood cholesterol levels is comparable to prescription medications but, being a natural plant extract, it is a far superior and much safer product. Guggul works on the liver by increasing the metabolism (or break down) of the bad cholesterol known as LDL Cholesterol. After taking the product for 4 to 12 weeks, total cholesterol levels can drop, triglyceride levels can drop and an increase in HDL (the good cholesterol) of approximately 16% can occur. Its benefits as a weight-loss and fat burning agent have been well researched and documented in several studies.


Function & Why it is Recommended

Many menstrual problems can be traced to deficient progesterone production during the second half of the menstrual cycle, also called the luteal phase. Insufficient progesterone during this phase of the menstrual cycle results in estrogen dominance, leading to a shortening of that part of the cycle, commonly referred to as luteal phase defect. A shortened luteal phase with too much estrogen and not enough progesterone causes all kinds of problems for women: heavy periods, scanty periods, too frequent periods, or no periods at all. Another pituitary hormone, prolactin, may also be elevated during this time, resulting in breast tenderness and pain, a classic symptom of PMS.

How does vitex help? Vitex does not act as a phytoestrogen (plant estrogen), a term commonly associated with balancing the female reproductive system. Vitex instead works through another important chemical pathway, the hypothalamus-pituitary axis, to balance female hormones. Vitex increases luteinizing hormone production while inhibiting the release of follicle stimulating hormone, leading to an indirect increase in progesterone and a normalization of prolactin levels. The combination of actions produced by vitex seems to restore the estrogen/progesterone balance.


Chaste berries contain essential oils, flavonoids and glycosides. Two of the iridoid glycosides, agnuside and aucubin, have been used to measure potency, and have even been used for standardization markers. The hypothalamus and pituitary glands are responsible for triggering the female hormonal cycle. By increasing levels of luteinizing hormone and mildly inhibiting the release of follicle stimulating hormone, Vitex is able to shift the ratio of estrogen to progesterone slightly in favor of progesterone.

Chaste berries are most often used in PMS, hypermenorrhea, unusual menstrual cycling, uterine fibroids and poor lactation.


Vitex and PMS

Clinical studies using vitex extract show a reduction in headaches, breast tenderness, bloating, fatigue, cravings for sweets, and also feelings of anxiety, irritability, depression and mood swings, after only one month. Vitex tincture, at an average daily dose of 42 drops, was prescribed for 2447 women who had a variety of menstrual disorders, including PMS. Although this was an uncontrolled study, both patients and physicians reported that vitex significantly improved symptoms. At the end of the study 31% of patients had complete relief of symptoms, and 55% reported significant improvement. "The doctors and patients were satisfied with the treatment in over 90% of cases, i.e., symptoms either disappeared altogether or were significantly improved. The good acceptability of the preparation is also shown by the long duration of the treatment, with a mean of 5 months, and up to 9 years in some cases...The tolerance is exceptional: only 2.3% of patients experienced unwanted effects with the treatment..." [1]

In another uncontrolled observational study 1,542 women were given 42 drops of vitex tincture (Agnolyt) each day. Among the patients, 33% had complete relief of symptoms while 57% reported improvement. Again, their doctors rated vitex tincture as very good, good, or satisfactory in 93% of the cases. [2]

Women with PMS may want to use vitex either alone or preferably as part of a comprehensive herbal formula. Clinical studies using vitex show a reduction in headaches, breast tenderness, bloating, fatigue, cravings for sweets, and also feelings of anxiety, irritability, depression and mood swings, often after only one month.


Other uses

Low levels of progesterone are believed to contribute significantly to menopausal symptoms. The ability of vitex to increase the secretion of luteinizing hormone which raises progesterone levels is the likely mode of action. Physicians in Europe commonly recommend vitex for the treatment of hot flashes.

Vitex is used as a way to prevent repeat uterine fibroids, and is probably the most effective herb in the treatment of menorrhagia. However, it needs to be used for several months before its effects are noticed.

Vitex is often used to help infertility caused by a luteal phase defect (a shortening of the post-ovulatory part of the menstrual cycle): women taking vitex for three months appear to have more success at becoming pregnant. [1]

The herb vitex can help the body establish a proper balance between estrogen and progesterone by encouraging the production of progesterone. [2] If taken regularly for several months, it helps to restore hormonal balance and alleviate PMS symptoms. [3]

In one study of 100 nursing mothers, vitex was shown to significantly improve milk flow and milk-release when compared to placebo. [4] Vitex is traditionally taken the first day after birth and continued for ten days. Vitex is only recommended if there are any problems with milk production.

At low dose (120 mg per day) of chasteberry, prolactin production is stimulated, while at higher dose (240 - 480 mg per day) prolactin production is decreased.


Herbalists have used vitex with much success in treating teenage acne. Well-known herbalist and author, Christopher Hobbs, finds vitex very useful for treating teenage acne, preferably accompanied by changes in eating habits. "I have worked with some teenagers who had chronic acne for several years who were not willing to change their diet in any way. They felt attached to soft drinks, french fries, pizza and hamburgers, and no amount of logical discussion could change their minds. If vitex can help in these cases, it seems likely to help in other cases where dietary improvements are possible, and in my experience it can help dramatically. I have given it to both young men and women with equal effectiveness. The remedy often takes from one to two months before it becomes fully active." [5]

LifeSource Vitamins Vitex - Chasteberry - Our unique standardized formula contains a minimum of 0.5% Agnusides, the active component of Vitex, as well as Dong Quai for synergism and additional hormonal support and progesterone levels.*


References:

  1. Loch, E. Bohnert K.J. Peeters M, et al. "The treatment of menstrual disorders with Vitex agnus-castus tincture." Der Frauenarzt. 1991. 32(8): pp.867-70.
  2. Dittmar, F., Bohnert, K.J., Peeters M. et al. "Premenstrual syndrome: treatment with a phytopharmaceutical." Therapiewoche Gynakol. 1992. 5(1): pp.60-8.
  3. Lauritzen, C.H. et al. "Treatment of premenstrual tension syndrome with Vitex agnus castus: controlled, double-blind study versus pyridoxine." Phytomed. 1997. 4: pp.183-9.
  4. Mohr, H. "Clinical investigations of means to increase lactation." Dtsche. Med. Wschr. 1954. 79 (41): pp.1513-16.
  5. Hobbs, Christopher. Vitex: the women's herb. 2nd ed. 1996. Botanica Press.

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