What is Pregnenolone?
Pregnenolone is a natural hormone produced in the mitochondria of the brain, gonads and adrenal glands. Derived from cholesterol, it’s the precursor to the metabolization of all steroid hormones.
After you reach age 30, your pregnenolone level begins to decline. Lack of mental clarity and memory failure can be among the most frustrating aspects of aging. Pregnenolone aids the body with age-related cognitive decline by helping with cellular repair of the central nervous system and enhancing memory.
Mother of Hormones
It is often referred to as the “Mother of Hormones”, due to it being a precursor to cortisol, progesterone and DHEA, which are precursors to the primary sex hormones: testosterone and estrogen. It is found in greatest concentrations within our brains and serves as a natural mental function enhancer.
Pregnenolone reinforces your brain’s neurotransmitters (which decline with age), thus enhancing overall brain functionality. Studies have proven that memory is enhanced after pregnenolone treatments due to releasing acetylcholine in the hippocampus of the brain. Scientists believe that it may also repair the fatty layer that protects the brain nerves (myelin sheath).
Stress and Degenerative Disease Shield
Pregnenolone may help protect against the effects of elevated levels of cortisol. Scientists are currently studying its ability to help alleviate Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis and cardiovascular disease symptoms (as well as its ability to boost the immune system).
Men vs. Women
Pregnenolone has separate functions in men and women. In women, it transforms into estrogen and sometimes progesterone, while it transforms into testosterone in men. Because of this metabolism to testosterone, men with prostate conditions should use caution.
Because pregnenolone is a precursor to estrogen and testosterone, those with prostate, breast and uterine cancers should avoid any treatments.
Doses are best taken upon waking up in the morning and preferably on an empty stomach.
There have been no negative effects from pregnenolone therapy. Minor side effects have a 1 in 100 chance of occurring and include:
- Mood swings
*Please talk with your doctor if any of these symptoms occur.