Pregnenolone and Men
Pregnenolone, aka “the mother of all hormones,” has also been referred to as “the ultimate raw material” for the body. It can be converted by the body to any of the other steroid hormones, including testosterone – the “male hormone.”
Aside from that, pregnenolone is proven to help brain function, enhance memory, fight stress and fatigue, decrease cholesterol levels in the body, and help deal with addiction.
The Benefits of Testosterone
Testosterone is responsible for maintaining a healthy bone density, helping with proper fat distribution, helping to gain muscle strength and mass, production of red blood cells, as well as production of sperm cells, and helping to maintain a healthy sex drive. This Art of Manliness article discusses the benefits of testosterone in more depth.
On the other hand, testosterone also has side effects. Too much testosterone can contribute to sleep apnea, can cause the body to produce too many red blood cells (which increases the risk of heart disease), can cause skin problems, can cause the testicles to shrink, and can stimulate the growth of the prostate.
Why Are We Talking About Testosterone?
If you’re a male, you probably want to enjoy the benefits of testosterone without the accompanying side effects. How? Glad you asked.
Ann Louise Gittleman, PhD, CNS, has this to say about pregnenolone: “I have come to regard it as an adaptogen that will transform itself into whatever your body actually needs, in regards to hormones. ”Meaning, if you need more testosterone, your body will make some from pregnenolone.”
And what about side effects? Let’s ask Dr. Mercola:
“Despite its powerful metabolites, pregnenolone is acknowledged to be without significant side effects, with minimal or no anabolic, estrogenic or androgenic activity.”
Of course, you’ll want to take the proper dosage of any health supplement you use.