Thread: Vitex Dosage Confusion
02-08-2011, 02:44 PM #1
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Vitex Dosage Confusion
I have recently started taking Vitex under the brand name Women Sense PMS support. It is 80mg capsules. I bought it because they had it at my local natural food store. Reading online and talking to other PCOS cysters I have heard that the dosage that most women with PCOS take is 400 mg. So far I have been taking 2 capsules a day- one in the morning and one in the evening. The bottle says that up to 3 capsules can be taken per day- for a max of 240 mg.
So, I'm confused. Should I be taking 400 mg or follow the directions on the bottle?
Do you have any brand recommendations for my next bottle?
02-08-2011, 03:20 PM #2
I would follow directions on the bottle. This is what I read on another site (they are good with siting studies and the dosage used).
Here is a link to the website but here is an excerpt from that page: http://www.ovarian-cysts-pcos.com/vitex.html
"Every women is unique, so the amount and form of vitex you need won't be the same as for someone else.
We recommend you seek guidance from a licensed naturopathic physician, who would have extensive knowledge of herbs and botanical medicines. As a general guideline, your daily dose could be:
- 60 drops of vitex tincture, standardized to contain 0.6% agusides.
- 175 mg. or more of standardized vitex extract, standardized to contain 0.6% agusides.
02-09-2011, 01:19 PM #3
I would also follow the directions on the bottle. I've recently picked up a bottle of Nature's Way Vitex (since I keep hearing it's a miracle herb) I take 1 400mg capsule 3 times a day (total 1200mg daily) Keep in mind that does take time for it to work.Me: Anna, age 26 Hidden Content DH: Franco, age 32
Diagnosed PCOS in May 2009
Ectopic Pregnancy January 2010
TTC the natural way! 2011
Taking Daily: Glumetza 2000mg, Vitex, Royal Jelly, Maca Root Extract, Folic Acid, Evening Primrose Oil, Vitamin B-100 Complex, Omega 3 6 9, Organic Raspberry Leaf tea
02-10-2011, 04:11 PM #4
02-11-2011, 11:48 AM #5
I am not sure if the vitex has been helping me or not. I can't tell since I am taking so many other things.
02-12-2011, 10:07 AM #6
You must always follow the dosage instructions on the bottle you purchase because they're made especially for that product. Vitex dosage varies, however the most common dosage is 500mg a day. If you take too little it will do nothing, and if you take too much it will cause the opposite affect you're looking for (it will worsen your cycles).
That's why I always took Fertility Blend. That way I never had to worry about getting the right dosage. I tried regular Vitex before, 500mg a day for 8 months - it did nothing. Went back on Fertility Blend and my cycle became regular 2 months later.Pamela
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Sorry for the double post.
Ok, after 3 days of trying to find the answer everywhere I finally compared labels.
I also found this:
If you don't consult with a qualified health professional, a general guideline for your daily dose could be:
60 drops of vitex tincture, standardized to contain 0.6% agusides.
175 mg. or more of standardized vitex extract, standardized to contain 0.6% agusides.
It seems to be that the higher mg (400-500) contain the chasteberry fruit.
Often with a 0.5% agusides
The lower mg, contains the extract and 0.6% agusides
Some have this plus an added 100mg of the fruit as well.
So my guess is that the 80mg is actually a good option.
I wanted to post this in case someone in the future struggles with this as much as I have in trying to figure it out. If anyone has a better explanation would love to hear it.
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