What Is It?
Pregnenolone, 3-alpha-hydroxy-5-beta-pregnen-20-one, is a precursor to over 150 steroid hormones and is produced naturally in the body from cholesterol.
Uses For Pregnenolone
Memory Support: Animal studies have reported that pregnenolone may help to enhance memory by modulating N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) and gamma aminobutyrate (GABA) receptor activity in the brain.
Immune Health: One study indicated that the 7-hydroxy metabolites from pregnenolone may help promote healthy immune system response.
Mood Support: Pregnenolone has been reported to help promote feelings of emotional well-being.
What Is The Source?
The compound diosgenin is extracted from wild yam and undergoes a proprietary synthetic process to develop the pregnenolone compound.
Are There Any Precautions Or Potential Side Effects?
NOT FOR USE BY INDIVIDUALS UNDER THE AGE OF 18 YEARS.
DO NOT USE IF PREGNANT OR NURSING.
KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
Consult a physician or licensed qualified healthcare professional before using this product if you have, or have a family history of, prostate cancer, prostate enlargement, heart disease, low "good"?? cholesterol (HDL), or if you are using any other dietary supplement, prescription drug, or over-the-counter drug.
Do not exceed the recommended serving.
Potential Side Effects:
Possible side effects include acne, hair loss, hair growth on the face (in women), aggressiveness, irritability, and increased levels of estrogen.
Discontinue use and call a physician or licensed qualified health care professional immediately if you experience rapid heartbeat, dizziness, blurred vision, or other similar symptoms.
When taken at higher levels, irritability, over-stimulation and fatigue have been observed.
Are There Any Potential Drug Interactions?
Pregnenolone may inhibit drugs used to increase GABA activity (e.
Pure Encapsulations recommends 10-30 mg per day, with a meal, preferably in the morning or early afternoon.
Pregnenolone should only be used under the direction and supervision of a health care practitioner.
Practitioners are advised to test pregnenolone levels before making the decision to commence supplementation, and to monitor levels if supplementation is initiated, ensuring that proper levels are maintained.
This product should not be taken by individuals with healthy levels of pregnenolone.
Pregnenolone is best utilized by individuals above 40 years of age, and should not be used to enhance athletic ability or endurance.