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Chasteberry: Facts About ‘The Women’s Herb’

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Chasteberry

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  • Chasteberry, also known as Vitex agnus-castus, is the fruit of the chaste tree, a member of the mint family
  • Also known as vitex, chasteberry’s health benefits are mostly related to reproduction and, in women, to menstrual health
  • Despite containing no hormones or hormone-like compounds, this herb can actually influence your hormonal activity by stimulating the pituitary gland to create more luteinizing hormone (LH)
  • However, do not expect to see immediate results. It's actually a slow-acting herb and several months may pass before you experience any noticeable effects

Sometimes called monk's pepper, lilac chastetree or simply vitex, chasteberry is an herb with a long history of use. It's specifically believed to benefit female fertility and hormone health, hence its moniker "the women's herb." However, men can also try this herb to help correct certain health issues, such as helping increase the flow of urine.


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