Pregnenolone is a naturally occurring steroidal hormone that is made from cholesterol. It is a precursor to many other significant hormones the body depends on for healthy functioning. Pregnenolone is converted in the body to progesterone, mineralocorticoids, and glucocorticoids. Pregnenolone is also required for the production of DHEA. DHEA is a vital hormone that the body needs to make testosterone and estrogen. Without it, the body doesn’t make these essential sex hormones. Pregnenolone may also have a vast effect on the central nervous system, helping to increase and maintain healthy cognitive function. Its potential neurological effects range from improved memory to decreased anxiety. Beginning in early adulthood and increasing with age, endogenous pregnenolone production decreases. As a precursor to some of the body’s most essential hormones, a loss in pregnenolone can have detrimental effects.
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