Chasteberry benefits

Research suggests that chasteberry works primarily on the pituitary gland to stabilize and balance the hormonal fluctuations that women experience every month. By increasing the body's secretion of luteinizing hormone, it reduces prolactin and increases both progesterone and follicle-stimulating hormone. Amenorrhea (the absence of menstruation) frequently coincides with higher blood concentrations of prolactin, and prolactin-lowering medications typically normalize the monthly cycle.

That's what chasteberry does, as demonstrated in a small study of 20 women with amenorrhea who took 40 drops of chasteberry extract every day. Of the 15 who went the distance in this 6-month experiment, 10 regained their menstrual regularity.

A little evidence suggests that chasteberry flowers contain the plant world's equivalent of human testosterone, which would theoretically stimulate, rather than deter, sexual desire. Other compounds in the berries counteract bacteria and fungi, notably Candidas.

Chasteberry benefits

 
 
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