Chasteberry: Hormone balance for your inner superwoman
When it comes to herbal remedies, there exists a magical fruit. Chasteberry is known for its incredible powers, with a reputation for supporting hormone balance and overall well-being throughout a woman’s life.
Chasteberry, also known as Vitex agnus-castus or simply Vitex, is a key ingredient in Show Up, which is designed to support female reproductive health.
It's believed to have an impact on the hormonal feedback loop between the pituitary gland and the ovaries. Here's how chasteberry helps to balance hormones:
Regulating the Hypothalamus-Pituitary-Ovarian Axis: Chasteberry is believed to influence the hypothalamus-pituitary-ovarian (HPO) axis, a complex system that controls hormone production and regulation in the female reproductive system. It's thought that chasteberry acts on the hypothalamus and pituitary gland to regulate the production of hormones like luteinizing hormone (LH) and follicle-stimulating hormone (FSH).
Increasing Progesterone Levels: Chasteberry is associated with an increase in the secretion of progesterone, a hormone that plays a key role in the menstrual cycle and pregnancy, and can fluctuate wildly during perimenopause. By supporting healthy progesterone levels, chasteberry may help balance out the estrogen-progesterone ratio, which can be beneficial for various hormonal imbalances (tick, tick).
Lowering Prolactin Levels: Prolactin is a hormone that stimulates milk production in pregnant and breastfeeding women. Elevated levels of prolactin when not pregnant or breastfeeding can lead to irregular menstrual cycles, fertility issues, and other hormonal disruptions. Something we bet you never knew (we didn’t). Chasteberry is believed to help lower elevated prolactin levels, which in turn supports hormonal balance.
Alleviating Premenstrual Symptoms (PMS): Did you know that PMS symptoms can get much worse during your 40’s and perimenopause? Chasteberry is commonly used to alleviate the symptoms of premenstrual syndrome (PMS), such as mood swings, breast tenderness, bloating, and cravings. Its hormonal balancing effects are thought to contribute to reducing the severity of these symptoms.
Supporting Perimenopause: Chasteberry's ability to influence hormone levels can also make it a supportive remedy during the transition to menopause. It may help manage symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, and irregular menstrual cycles (3 cheers here…)
Individual responses to chasteberry can vary, and its effects may take time to be noticeable, often requiring several menstrual cycles to see significant changes.
Also please note that Chasteberry (Vitex) can affect hormones and medicines such as the oral contraceptive pill.
If you're considering using chasteberry to support hormonal balance, it's advisable to consult with a healthcare professional, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or are taking medications prescribed by your doctor.
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