Wild yam root, or Mexican yam, is one of the most widely used herbs in the world. Most people have used it in a cream, cosmetic, tea or herbal formula. You might miss it on the ingredient list if Dioscorea villosa, the botanical name, is used. Wild yam contains alkaloids, steroidal saponins, tannins, and phytosterols all of are beneficial to various systems of your health. The saponins in wild yam are particularly useful for their antispasmodic properties. This is helpful with menstrual and muscle cramps as well as many functions of the digestive system. These saponins also support healthy cholesterol, circulation and blood sugar levels which can support healthy liver function as it reduces stress on the liver. The diosgenin in wild yam further supports the female reproductive system and breast health and is often used in breast enhancement programs. Wild yam became known through its use by native cultures over the centuries and helps support a healthy lifestyle today.