Vitex Berry

vitexberry

Let's talk about vitex baby.  Known as chaste tree berry, chaste berry, or vitex berry this perennial shrub is an amazing supplement for women and one that I take regularly.  When PMS gives you heavy cramps or your period is a little out of whack, vitex berry has got you covered.  It can help to relieve the symptoms of PMS, menstrual irregularity, infertility, and menopause by helping to balance hormones and promote healthy hormone function.  Studies have shown that the dopaminergic compounds in vitex berry activate dopamine receptors in the hypothalamus and the pituitary gland helping to optimally regulate the body's hormones, specifically prolactin, estrogen, and progesterone.  This hormone regulation has been shown to help even out the four phases of the menstrual cycle and reduce common PMS symptoms such as cramping, breast tenderness, and mood swings.  If you're taking vitex berry for PMS symptoms or menstrual regularity then it's best to take it for 25 days between cycles and stop for 5 days every month once your period starts.  If you are taking it for fertility then it's best to take it every day.  I swear by Gaia Herbs vitex berry because it's a certified organic single herb preparation.  Since it does regulate hormones it is not recommended during IVF treatments or during pregnancy or lactation.  As with any supplement, consult your care provider before adding vitex berry into your daily regimen to ensure that it's a good fit for your individual needs.