Women with menstrual problems, PMS and menopausal symptoms are turning to natural hormone like compounds which are readily available, highly effective and with few side effects. Yam species provide a high concentration of naturally-occurring, plant hormone-like compounds. Since the 1950's certain species of yams have been used to produce synthetic, semi-synthetic estrogen, progesterone and other hormones.
Dioscorea Yams supply 50% of the raw material for the worldwide production of natural and synthesized steroidal hormones. Wild yams are the major source of the starter phyto-chemicals used for the production of female hormones. With Over 200 Million Prescriptions
Containing Yam Derivatives Sold Yearly, herbalist Rosemary Gladstar in Herbal Healing for Women, says wild yam is "the most widely used herb in the world today."
Sadly, these "patentable synthetic compounds" lack the natural full spectrum of desirable biological and safe activity of natural hormones. Unfortunately, there are only a few species of Dioscorea that contain the proper phytogenin, cofactors, peptides that can be enzymatically
converted to bioavailable pharmacomimetic substances. Certain phytogenins seem to mimic the natural progesterone produced by the body.
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