A lot of time is spent researching the latest and greatest products that claim to alleviate devastating symptoms of PCOS and make our lives easier. Some of these end up being false claims, but there are others that show true promise.
Vitex Agnus-Castus, also known as Vitex, Chaste Tree, or Chasteberry, is one such plant. It has significant benefits and has been used for centuries. In fact, it dates back to ancient times. Its benefits are vast and include the ability to regulate and control the reproductive system in women.
In this article, we will take a look at:
- What Vitex is.
- What its benefits are.
- If it helps to manage symptoms of PCOS.
What is Vitex Agnus-Castus?
Vitex Agnus-Castus is a beautiful tree/plant that bears fruit along with lavender foliage. The fruit, including its’ seeds, are collected and used to create an herbal medicine. The berries and leaves are believed to prevent miscarriage for women who have low levels of progesterone. They may also alleviate symptoms of menopause, regulate a woman’s menstrual cycle, treat fibrocystic breasts, increase breast milk supply, and help with female infertility.
Taking Vitex is thought to affect the pituitary gland and decrease the secretion of prolactin. Decreased prolactin will influence levels of follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH) and estrogen in women. This results in the promotion of normal luteal phases, regulation of ovulation cycles, and positively impacts hyperprolactinemia (elevated prolactin levels).
Vitex has been successful in helping women of all ages and stages, with little to no side-effects.
Why Is Progesterone so Important?
Progesterone levels play an important role in women’s health no matter what her age. It is a precursor to the hormones estrogen and testosterone. If progesterone levels decrease, so can our other hormones, which have their own important roles in our health.
Estrogen, progesterone and testosterone can’t act independently of one another. The balance and interaction between these hormones determines the presence or absence of negative symptoms. This is why finding the right ratio/balance of estrogen to progesterone is vital.
Benefits of Progesterone:
- Restricts estrogen synthesis and suppresses the enzymes that promote estro