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Yam: Hormone Balancing and Breast Enlarging
Creams, lotions and
nutritional supplements with Wild Yam extract are a big hit now.
They are recommended as a natural solution to hormonal problems
and for breast enlargement. How do they work, and can Wild Yam
Your hormonal system is a complicated mechanism that regulates
the way your body functions. Food, stress, even your daily
schedule can affect this system and, by that, the way you look
and feel. Because it is impossible to discuss all aspects of
endocrine system in one article, I will briefly cover estrogen
and progesterone - two hormones whose balance is so important in
a woman's body.
Estrogen is a name for a group of hormones that take part in
regulating woman's reproductive system. It is produced by
ovaries. As soon as an ovary releases an egg, it starts making
estrogen to prepare (thicken) the inner lining of the uterus for
Progesterone is a hormone that is produced by the follicle after
ovulation. It keeps the inner lining of the uterus ready to
receive a fertilized ovum, and later provides the nurturing for
the development of the embryo. If the egg was not fertilized,
progesterone encourages the uterus to shed the lining, and the
result is menstruation flow.
If the body lacks estrogen, it uses progesterone to produce more
estrogen. On the other hand, progesterone counteracts the effect
of estrogen. The key is the balance of these two hormones. Too
much of either one can cause health problems.
Most women experience lack of progesterone, not estrogen. In
addition to estrogen made by the body, we receive doses of
estrogen with meats and dairy (farm animals are given this
hormone to gain more weight). Symptoms of estrogen dominance are
irregular menstrual flow, hot flashes, cramping, mood swings,
migraines - to name a few. Excess estrogen is also associated
with endometrial problems, including endometrial cancer.
Sufficient levels of progesterone can prevent these problems.
Interesting enough, in one study patients who were given natural
progesterone showed an increase in bone density, which means
that progesterone prevents and even reverses osteoporosis.
Natural progesterone supplements are used to balance estrogen.
Natural progesterone has a structure similar to that of human
progesterone and is made form plant fats; one of these such fats
is diosgenin. Wild Yam is reached in diosgenin, so it became the
most popular source of natural progesterone.
However, it is a common mistake to think that Wild Yam
constituents are converted into progesterone by a human body. It
does not happen. Progesterone can be derived from a Wild Yam
plant, but only in a lab.
So why do people still find Wild Yam creams helpful?
Diosgenin found in Wild Yam is a phytoestrogen, and it closely
resembles human progesterone. Due to this similarity, body
reacts to it as if it were progesterone.
Because they are not the same as human hormones, phytoestrogens
are far less potent, which results in a slower effect but safer
use. Phytoestrogens do not cause any side effects. Unlike
estrogen which, when in excess, is associated with endometrial
cancer, phytoestrogens do not evoke cell growth.
Many people question the effectiveness of topical
Our skin has the ability to absorb elements that come in contact
with it. These elements travel with the blood flow or accumulate
in tissues. Nicotine patches and essential oil blends work this
way. The benefits of it are obvious: nutrients and vitamins do
not travel through the digestive system and liver, where they
can be broken down and lose their effect. Diosgenin becomes
nearly useless after it goes through the liver.
On the other hand, when it is applied to such areas as the
breasts, inner thighs and belly, it easily penetrates the skin.
When it is accumulated in breast tissues, it makes fat cells a
little bigger, which adds fullness and roundness to the breasts.
It does not increase the number of cells, therefore there is a
limit to size increase, and the increase itself depends on the
amount of fat cells already present.
After phytoestrogens get into the blood flow, they cause mild
estrogenic effect. In other words, they "draw the
attention" of cell receptors and lock on them, preventing
real estrogen from producing significant and often undesirable
effect. That is why women who suffer from PMS, cramping and
menopausal discomfort will benefit from Wild Yam cream. Before
the breast enlargement effect was discovered, Wild Yam had been
used to treat these complaints for hundreds of years.
Whether you want to balance your hormones, or to add fullness to
the breasts, Wild Yam cream can be a part of the solution. The
results will depend on your actual hormone levels. Sometimes
additional food supplements will be necessary for hormone
balancing and faster results.
Note: Information in this article is not to be taken as a
medical advice. Always consult your doctor if you need
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