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Are there risks or side effects of using progesterone cream(wild yam)?

Are there risks or side effects of using progesterone cream(wild yam)?

These may be: Used for a variety of conditions, but the only one that has any shred of scientific backing is local estrogen supplementation in early menopause-- but even here the scientific evidence doesn't back up the claims. The risks include stimulation of estrogen sensitive malignancies. Also they should be avoided in pregnancy and breast feeding. In summary, probably a waste of money. ...Read more

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Prometrium (micronized progesterone) claims to be from wild yam but is there a synthetic in it?

Prometrium (micronized progesterone) claims to be from wild yam but is there a synthetic in it?

Technically, no: Wild yam does not contain actual progesterone, but Progesterone that is structurally identical to that found in the human body can be made from it. This is a synthetic process but the final product is not a synthetic. ...Read more

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I have minimal change disease. I want to start using wild yam 2000mg daily as a contraception option. Will this herb damage kidneys more?

I have minimal change disease. I want to start using wild yam 2000mg daily as a contraception option. Will this herb damage kidneys more?

Wild Yam: I do not know of any studies that show that wild yam helps with contraception but it may cause scarring of the kidneys based on a study in 2008 "food and chemical toxicology" journal. Taking unregulated herbs can be a very risk proposition as no one is 100% sure what potential side effects you may have. ...Read more

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I am 23 years old girl. Is it safe if i start taking herb pills like saw palmetto, wild yam and fenugreek?

I am 23 years old girl. Is it safe if i start taking herb pills like saw palmetto, wild yam and fenugreek?

See answer: Taking herbal remedies is tempting. Testimonials abound from people who have solved their medical problems with "safe, natural" and over-the-counter pills. But informed consumers need to know that there are very few valid medical studies on herbal remedies, their safety, quality, or effectiveness. There is no substitute for a healthy diet, healthy lifestyle, and proper rest. ...Read more

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Does this affect my Skyla at all? Natural Change Blend SP-7D (red clover black cohosh pomegranate red raspberry wild yam fenugreek seed butternut fennel)

All good: the hormone contained in a Skyla IUD (Levonorgestrel) generally Works within the uterus. because very little of the hormone ever makes it into the bloodstream, it is not affected by medications you take or things you eat like with birth control pills. This is why IUD's are a fantastic method of birth control. ...Read more

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Hi, what vitamins/minerals help with breast growth? I was going to buy wild yam, zinc and fenugreek capsules from holland and barrets. Will these help

Hi, what vitamins/minerals help with breast growth? I was going to buy wild yam, zinc and fenugreek capsules from holland and barrets. Will these help

Breast size: Breast size is genetically determined, and is not affected by individual supplements. Eat a healthy diet, and be proud of whatever develops. Supplements that you take will not matter in the eventual size of your breasts. Don't waste your money. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is yam a fiber food?

Is yam a fiber food?

> sweet potato: Yams are unusual in the U.S.: most are huge, pale colored and African in origin. They have about 4 grams of fiber in a 100gram serving, which is high. Sweet potatoes are often mislabeled as yams, because that is the term that people know. Sweet potatoes can look like potatoes, are every color of the rainbow, and have fewer calories, less fiber and about 100x the beta carotene as do yams. ...Read more

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What vitamin does yam provide?

What vitamin does yam provide?

Vit C, B6 and...: Yams provide many vitamins including vit. C, and b6. However, most "yams" are not actually yams but sweet-potatoes, which are great sources of carotenoids. See http://www.Whfoods.Com/genpage.Php?Tname=foodspice&dbid=113 for more on the benefits of yams and http://www.Whfoods.Com/genpage.Php?Tname=foodspice&dbid=64 for more on sweet potatoes. ...Read more

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What's the difference between sweet potatos and yams in terms of nutrition? Do they have the same health benefits?

What's the difference between sweet potatos and yams in terms of nutrition? Do they have the same health benefits?

Here's a link!: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/depts/hort/hil/hil-23-a.html what is labelled "yam"in the U.S. (usually orange and high in beta-carotene) is actually a variety of the sweet potato, not the more starchy and dry "yam" originating in africa. ...Read more

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I was wondering is it healthy to eat half a yam for dinner?

I was wondering is it healthy to eat half a yam for dinner?

That is an excellent: Start. But, unless you are a mouse - that would not be an adequate amount of food for a full meal. ...Read more

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I just ate some raw Jamaican yellow yam, what do I need to do? I feel sort of prickly.

I just ate some raw Jamaican yellow yam, what do I need to do? I feel sort of prickly.

Feeling prickly after, Jamaican yellow yam: Whenever symptoms and secondary to foods you ingested, and you have now systemic symptoms, in my opinion you should take: prednisone 5 mg every eight hours for a few days with or without an antihistaminic which will control you symptoms. You should see a primary care physician, who will provide a physical examination and a prescription which will help with the symptoms. ...Read more

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Will eating sweet potatoes or yams help raise progesterone levels? Or rather what foods/drinks may raise progesterone levels naturally?

No, and none: Sweet potatoes and yams do not contain actual Progesterone at all, that is not a matter of debate in 2014 . Further they do not contain anything that acts like Progesterone (progestogenic), most contain plant chemical that are estrogenic in action. You can raise Progesterone by supplementing progesterone, but why do you want to do this? ...Read more