Ever wondered if there is any particular type of tea that can be highly beneficial to you? Well, then you have the answer – in the form of Chasteberry tea.
The tea comes with a host of health benefits, especially for women. Would you like to know more? Read on!
Chasteberry – A Brief:
The scientific name of Chasteberry is Vitex agnus-castus. The tree gets its name from the ancient times when it was believed to have the ability to curb sexual desire (1). The tree also is referred to as monk’s tree and monk’s pepper, because according to the U.S. based National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, monks in ancient times used the tree to refrain from temptation.
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Chasteberry tea can prove to be quite a potent treatment or cure for certain health issues. Following are its benefits.
1. Enhances Fertility:
A study published in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine states that when women who suffered from fertility problems were given Chasteberry tea along with green tea and some vitamins, they experienced an increase in progesterone levels (2). This female hormone is required for a healthy womb. These women also experienced an increase in the number of days when the body temperature was more conducive for ovulation. Because of these improvements, 33 percent of the test subjects became pregnant after consuming the tea for 5 months.
A study done in Switzerland found that Chasteberry tea had anti-cancer properties. It could effectively destroy cancerous tumors. The extracts of the tree stopped malignant cells from multiplying and also caused these cells to die. Chasteberry tea can be effective in treating certain types of cancer, like that of the colon, breasts, and ovaries.
3. Treats Menopausal Symptoms:
Menopause can be a tough time for women. They experience hot flashes, fatigue, mood swings and many other symptoms (3). Typically, the treatment is hormone replacement therapy, which is quite controversial. However, menopausal women can now turn to Chasteberry tea, as it can balance female hormones, thereby alleviating menopause symptoms. Practitioners of holistic medicine recommend combining Chasteberry tea with black cohosh for best results.
4. Boosts Female Libido:
Chasteberry tea made from the blossoms of the tree has been found to boost female libido. Menopausal women and those in child-bearing age can consume this tea to increase their desire, so that they can still enjoy sexual intercourse. This increase in libido is attributed to the presence of phytoestrogens present in Chasteberry.
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5. Increases The Supply Of Breast Milk:
There is anecdotal evidence that shows nursing mothers who consumed small amounts of Chasteberry tea experienced an increased supply of breast milk. This may be possible, as the tea helps enhance prolactin levels in the body. Prolactin is a female hormone that regulates the production of milk. If you are a nursing mother, it is best to first consult your doctor/gynecologist before you start taking Chasteberry tea to increase milk production, as there are no confirmed studies to support this claim.
6. Reduces PMS Symptoms:
In a study published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ), it was found that women who were given Chasteberry noticed a reduction in PMS symptoms, such as irritability, breast tenderness, headaches and mood swings, compared to the other group of women who weren’t. The study states there was a 50 percent reduction in PMS symptoms in the group that had consumed Chasteberry tea. Hence, it can be definitively said that consuming Chasteberry tea can help reduce premenstrual syndrome symptoms (4).
7. Antioxidant Properties:
Chasteberry tea has antioxidative properties, according to a study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health. The extracts of the tree contain several antioxidants that help destroy free radicals (5). If you don’t know, free radicals are responsible for causing oxidative stress at cellular levels, and this stress is said to be the primary cause of several diseases, including cancer and premature aging.
8. Reduces Epileptic Seizures:
A study published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health shows that Chasteberry tea has the ability to reduce epileptic seizures. When the extract of the tree was used in laboratory setting on male rats, the rodents experienced a reduction in seizures as well as in the length of the convulsion, based on the dosage given. This shows conclusively that the right dose of Chasteberry has the ability to control and/or reduce epileptic seizures.
9. Treating Male Osteoporosis:
There is hardly any research done on male osteoporosis, and there are very few treatment options available to men diagnosed with the disease. However, this may be a thing of the past, as a study published in the U.S. National Library of Medicine shows that Chasteberry could be just the perfect treatment for male osteoporosis. In lab settings, rats that were given Chasteberry extracts showed higher bone density compared to those that were given a blend of estradiol and testosterone.
10. Reduces Risk Of Prostate Cancer:
While Chasteberry is used mainly for female disorders, it also can be used by men to reduce chances of developing prostate cancer. The anti-carcinogenic properties, coupled with Chasteberry’s ability to reduce testosterone levels seem to suppress the development of prostate cancer. Chasterberry tea is a natural and organic approach to balancing hormones in the body, and hence, has the ability to reduce your risk of prostate cancer.
While researchers are still discovering the numerous health benefits of Chasteberry tea, it definitely has a positive effect on the health of both men and women. So, if you want to consume this tea, you could be doing yourself a favor.
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