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What are Bio-Identical Hormones?

History: In the early to mid 20th Century, attempts were made by pharmaceutical companies to develop a commercially feasible way to produce bio-identical hormones from cholesterol in quantities great enough to meet the world demand. This was unsuccessful as the costs and yields proved to be prohibitive.

Russell Marker, an American pharmaceutical chemist, first developed the Marker Degradation Process which allowed for the synthesis of bio-identical sex hormones from a steroidal sapogen called diosgenin, sourced from various botanicals but primarily from Mexican Wild Yam. This method produced high purity hormones that are bio-identical (chemically and structurally indistinguishable) to endogenously produced human hormones. These bio-identical hormones are also known as body-identical hormones.

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