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Vitex

Healthy hormone levels are necessary for a woman's physical and emotional wellbeing. Chaste Tree Berry, also known as Vitex, has long been used to support hormone production and balance. I first learnt and started taking vitex soon after I found out my hormone levels were out of balance when I was diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) at 17.

Whether you have been dignosed with PCOS, you have irregular periods or you suffer from PMS (such as weight gain,mood swings, bloating, and breast tenderness), I would look into taking a vitex herbal supplement. 

Dr. Libby Weaver is a huge advocate of Vitex. I highly, highly encourage you to read Chapter 4 on hormones in Dr Libby's book Dr Libby's Beauty From The Inside Out. 

For a quick answer, vitex helps support and make sure that there is good communication between the pituitary gland and the ovaries. This communication is essential to achieving a regular menstral cycle, which can often stop working when a woman has PCOS, has just come off the pill or has a hormone imbalance.  

Herbs in conjuction with a plant-based diet is the best thing you can do for your hormones or second best is a diet high in plants and no eggs or dairy. Stress which is often overlooked is a huge contributer to unbalanced hormones - you can read more about this in Dr Libby's Beauty From The Inside Out. 

I like this brand Gaia Herbs as it uses certified organic Chaste Tree berry to provide a full spectrum liquid herbal extract. It comes in an easily digestible plant-derived capsule and is tested to be free of heavy metals. 

*Not to be used during pregnancy or lactation.