Wild yam (Dioscorea villosa) is a plant known for its properties that relieve menopausal symptoms. It eliminates also diseases that accompany menopause.
The main bioactive substance found in the plant is diosgenin, classified among so-called steroid saponins. The substance is structurally similar to cholesterol and is involved in the synthesis of corticcosteroids and sex hormones. Furthermore, it shows anti-inflammatory properties and exerts a cytotoxic effect on cancer cells.
Supplementation with wild yam root brings numerous benefits, especially to women – it optimises the menstrual cycle and reduces menopausal symptoms (hot flashes, excessive sweating and mood swings). It is a perfect natural and safe alternative for hormone preparations which does not interfere with the body’s hormonal balance (functions as an oestradiol mimic but does not increase its levels).