Menopause, Nutrition & Lifestyle

Relief for PMS: Exploring the Benefits of Vitex Agnus Castus and Saffron

by Nikki Warren on Jun 25, 2024

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Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) is a common ailment that affects many women, leading to a variety of physical and emotional symptoms.


While there are many ways to manage these PMS symptoms, including lifestyle changes and medications, an increasing number of women are turning to other remedies.


Among these, Vitex Agnus Castus (often simply called Vitex) and Crocus sativus stigmas (otherwise known as Saffron) have shown promising results in the world of PMS. This blog explores how these herbs work and their potential for providing relief.



Understanding PMS and Its Impact:

PMS involves symptoms that can disrupt daily life, ranging from mood swings and irritability to physical discomfort such as bloating and cramps. These symptoms typically occur in the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle (from about day 14 to day 28 of your cycle) and can vary greatly in severity.



Vitex Agnus Castus: Nature’s Solution for Hormonal Balance

What is Vitex Agnus Castus?

Vitex, also known as Chaste Tree, is a herb that has been used for centuries to treat various health issues, particularly those related to the female reproductive system. It is native to the Mediterranean region but is now widely available as a dietary supplement.


How Does Vitex Work?

Vitex works by influencing the hypothalamus and pituitary glands, which helps in regulating and balancing hormones related to the menstrual cycle. Specifically, it may help increase the production of luteinising hormone, promote progesterone production, and slightly reduce the release of follicle-stimulating hormone, which together, may help balance premenstrual symptoms.


Research on Vitex:

Research has demonstrated that Vitex can be effective in reducing symptoms of PMS. A review of various trials found that women who took Vitex reported improvement in mood and psychological symptoms of PMS.



Saffron: A Spice for Emotional and Physical Well-being

What is Saffron?

Saffron, often cited as the world's most expensive spice, is derived from the stigmas of the Crocus sativus flower. It has a long history in traditional medicine for its mood-enhancing properties.


Saffron’s Role in Managing PMS:

Recent studies have highlighted Saffron's potential in treating PMS symptoms. Its primary active components, crocin and safranal, are believed to influence serotonin metabolism, which can help alleviate depression and mood swings associated with PMS.


Integrating Vitex and Saffron into Your Routine:

Our products, PMS Support & Antioxidant and Stress & Sleep PM Formula were designed to be taken together.


Clinical trials using the patented form of saffron, Affron®  show 28mg daily for 4 weeks significantly improved mood and reduced tension, anger, depression, fatigue, and confusion.


A combination of these two products contains 30mg of combined Saffron. PMS Support & Antioxidant contains 3000mg of Vitex in a daily dose.


Vitex Agnus Castus and Saffron offer promising alternatives for managing PMS symptoms.


By supporting hormonal balance and enhancing emotional wellbeing, these herbs can help many women achieve better quality of life during their premenstrual phase. However, as with any treatment, effectiveness can vary based on individual factors, so it’s beneficial to approach these remedies as part of a broader health management strategy.


If you have any questions about these tips, we are always happy to help! Contact us today so we can help support you on your hormonal journey.

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