Do you ever have those moments when you walk into a room and can’t remember why you’re there? Or you have trouble recalling names and just can’t seem to place where you left your car keys?
A lot of people assume that it’s just a part of getting older, and in a way, they’re right. You see, as we age, our bodies produce less pregnenolone, which results in the memory being affected. Many physicians and scientists believe that restoration of pregnenolone to youthful levels is an important step in the treatment of aging and symptoms of aging. Pregnenolone may be one of the most important hormones because it seems to have a balancing effect. It is a precursor to many other hormones and may be able to bring the levels of other hormones up or down as needed.
Known as the “mother of all hormones,” pregnenolone is at the top of the hormone cascade that converts to all other hormones including DHEA, testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone. This “neurosteroid” is not only produced in the adrenal glands, ovaries, and testes; the central nervous system also makes it.
Pregnenolone has been found to be 100 times more effective for memory enhancement than other steroids or steroid-precursors in lab mice. Pregnenolone has been reported to not only make people smarter but happier and enhance one’s ability to perform on the job while heightening feelings of well-being. It has also been reported to reduce high-stress induced fatigue.
- Keeps the brain clear and sharp by blocking GABA, a neurotransmitter that keeps neurons in the brain from firing. As we age, GABA levels increase, making the brain sluggish.
- Counters the excitatory effects of the amino acid glutamate, which is present throughout the brain. While critical for normal learning, too much excitation by glutamate over time can damage neurons. In fact, this overstimulation is thought to be one of the underlying factors in neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.
- Has neuroprotective effects on brain cells. Studies have shown that pregnenolone increases levels of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter required for optimal brain function, which also becomes deficient in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Acetylcholine is important for thought and memory and is involved in controlling sleep cycles, especially the REM phase of sleep associated with memory.
- Stimulates the formation of new brain cells. Studies have shown increases in brain cell growth after pregnenolone treatment. Studies have also shown pregnenolone to be effective in fighting arthritis, elevating mood, healing spinal cord injuries, overcoming dependency on chemicals and treating mental health disorders like phobias and schizophrenia.
So how do you know if you need pregnenolone? It can be signaled by a history of depression, mental illness or short-term memory issues not resolved by thyroid supplementation. Alternatively, if you’ve been trying to get your hormones balanced for six months to a year and they’re not quite right, pregnenolone can sometimes be the missing link that pulls it all into balance.
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