- What is pregnenolone?
Pregnenolone is often referred to as the mother of all sex hormones. It is the precursor used by the body to produce progesterone, estrogen, testosterone and needed hormones.
- Why is pregnenolone important?
Hormones are potent regulators of the most intricate biochemical functions involved in our metabolism, growth, development, emotion and behavior. For our bodies to function properly, our hormones must be in balance with one another.
- What health benefits does pregnenolone provide?
Pregnenolone is believed to affect occasional stress levels through its influence on the adrenal glands, which produce more steroid hormones when people are under stress. Pregnenolone may also affect brain chemistry in beneficial ways. It has been found to inhibit the GABA receptors in brain cells, which may result in increased mental alertness. It may also stimulate the NMDA (N-methyl-D-aspartate) receptors, which play an important role in certain regulating synapses, thus influencing learning and memory. As a “hormone balancer,” it has the capacity to support healthy levels of steroid and other hormones in our bodies. Some scientists believe pregnenolone is converted into other hormones only as they are needed.*