7-Keto DHEA is a non-hormonal form of DHEA.
What does that mean to you? Well, dehydroepiandrosterone, or DHEA, is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands. DHEA is present at birth, and declines as we get older. The substance 7-Keto DHEA is produced by the body when it metabolizes the hormone DHEA. 7-keto DHEA is not metabolized by the body as an estrogenic or androgenic hormone or steroid. According to WebMD, supplementing with 7-Keto DHEA will not increase the level of steroid hormones in the blood. However, supplementing with 7-Keto could have positive health benefits. 7-Keto helps improve metabolism, and helps with healthy sexual function. This supplement may increase lean muscle mass in the body, as well as reduce the signs of aging. 7-Keto DHEA can improve lean body mass by reducing cortisol a stress hormone that is immune suppressive and catabolic. (eats muscle) 7-Keto DHEA has also been shown to increase thermogenesis, which is your body's need to burn calories. By activating thermogenic enzymes, 7-Keto has been shown to safely increase the basal metabolic rate and burn calories more rapidly and continually throughout the day, even while resting, as well as inhibit the storage of fat within the body.
Some scientists believe this reduction in DHEA levels relates directly to the decrease in physical and athletic performance many people experience as they get older. DHEA is the most prevalent hormone in the human body but as we age, levels of this important hormone decline. 7-Keto DHEA is a derivative of DHEA, however, the main difference is it does not convert into the sex steroids, Testosterone and Oestrogen. It's a biological compound produced in our own bodies. This compound is extremely important for the growth and development of the human body, and as the body's production of this substance decreases with age, the signs of aging begin to appear like weight gain, wrinkled skin, loss of muscle, loss of cognitive function, and loss of libido. Produced in the adrenal glands, brain and skin. There are about 150 DHEA metabolites, and 7-keto seems to be one of the most valuable among them. Now I can't nail down the study myself, but livestrong.com claims that 7-keto supplementation increases acyl CoA-oxidase by 128%, malic enzyme by 860%, and glycerol-3-phosphate dehydrogenase by 138%. A double-blind, placebo-controlled study on 30 overweight adults showed a 6.3-lb. decrease in body fat, compared to 2.1 pounds placebo. More of the weight lost was body fat in the 7-keto group. Thryroid hormone was elevated, but no other side effects were reported. Paired with diet and exercise, 7-keto has been shown to accelerate fat loss threefold, let me say that again threefold, without any stimulant effect on the body. The Minnesota Applied Research Center performed a four-week human clinical trial to determine the effects of 7-keto on elderly men and women. Using 100mg two times a day, the subjects experienced improved immune function, as well as an increase in immune helper cells, increased white blood cells and decreased blood pressure. Decreases in DHEA and 7-keto can also lead to dominance of the stress hormone cortisol, which can contribute to aging and disease and fat gain. A Czech study evaluated the effect of 7-keto on markers for heart disease. Only 25mg per day for five days significantly raised HDL or good cholesterol. 7-keto may also help to improve brain function by helping neurons establish contact with others, increasing efficiency in the aging brain.
- can enhance immunity
- increase production of Interleukin-2 and white blood cells
- cardiovascular health: reduce risk of heart disease, heart attack and stroke.
- increase metabolism: activate liver enzymes, increase thermogensis (fat burning).
- prevention of diabetes (weight controrl)
- Increase energy