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THE SUPPLEMENT PLACE

Wild Yam

Leaves on a branch

Wild yam (Dioscorea villosa) is a plant native to North America, Mexico, and Asia. The plant has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties. The roots and bulbs of this plant are used to make oral and topical supplements. Wild yam may be beneficial in menopausal symptoms, rheumatoid arthritis, diabetes, and muscular cramps.* 

Wild yam is a source of diosgenin, a chemical that can be made into various steroids such as estrogen and dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA). Consuming wild yam may be a natural way of promoting these hormones in the body.* However, there is little evidence to support its medical application. 

Wild yam used by some as an alternative to estrogen replacement therapy because it may help with symptoms of menopause.* However, there is little evidence to support these claims.* (1)

Disclaimers:

You should always consult your health care provider before starting any herbal supplements or products.   *These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

References:

  1. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3710746/
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