What are the Side Effects of Pregnenolone?
Pregnenolone is called “The Grandmother of all Steroid Hormones” because it is the precursor to all steroid hormones (more than 150 of them) including DHEA. It has been linked to the positive support of the immune system, mood, and memory.
Recently, it was discovered that pregnenolone can dampen the intoxicating effects of marijuana on mice.
Pregnenolone Side Effects
According to an article written by BioHealth Diagnostics and published by mercola.com, “Pregnenolone is acknowledged to be without significant side effects, with minimal or no anabolic, estrogenic or androgenic activity.” However, the article failed to provide any references.
On the other hand, a cancer.org article warns that little is known about pregnenolone’s side effects. It also warns, “High doses may cause aggressiveness, irritability, trouble sleeping, and the growth of body or facial hair on women. It also may stop menstruation and lower the levels of HDL, or “good” cholesterol, which could raise the risk of heart disease. Other possible side effects include acne, heart rhythm problems, liver problems, loss of hair from the scalp, and oily skin.”
The keyword, of course, is “high doses.” Too much of a good thing applies here. This is true for any health supplement or medication for that matter. The question then would be what a safe dosage level is when taking pregnenolone.
Pregnenolone Dosage and Safety
If you decide to take Pure Encapsulations Pregnenolone capsules, take only one capsule a day with a meal. If you’re 18 years of age or younger or pregnant, avoid taking pregnenolone. While pregnenolone capsules do not require a prescription, it’s a good idea to talk to your doctor first before taking them.