Pregnenolone - Steroid hormone precursor with potential neurological applications

Pregnenolone, sometimes called the “mother steroid,” is the natural precursor of all steroid hormones, including androgens, estrogens, corticosteroids, and others. Pregnenolone also acts on GABA receptors in the brain.

Oral pregnenolone supports normal psychomotor performance in stressful environments, and may have cognitive and neuroprotective effects as well.

Pregnenolone is a hormone manufactured from cholesterol in the mitochondria. Pregnenolone levels decline with age, although this hormone is an essential precursor for many other steroids and neurosteroids. Optimal pregnenolone levels are associated with optimal energy levels and cognitive performance.

Uses For Pregnenolone
  • Memory Support: Animal studies have reported that pregnenolone may help to enhance memory by modulating N-methyl-D-aspartate (NMDA) and gamma aminobutyrate (GABA) (A) receptor activity in the brain. One study suggested that pregnenolone helped promote post-training task learning and memory.*
  • Immune Health: One study indicated that the 7-hydroxy metaboites from pregnenolone may help promote healthy immune system response.*
  • Mood Support: Pregnenolone has been reported to help promote feelings of emotional well-being. One study suggested that pregnenolone supported mood and feelings of motivation by mediating dopamine release.*

Hormone Testing
As when taking any hormones, Dr. Forrest recommends testing for actual hormone need.

Are you taking too much estrogens, too much progesterone? Is your DHEA hormone in balance? What about your testosterone levels? Are they too high or too low? How are your adrenal glands functioning? Is cortisol in balance? Taking these products is safe. But, in the long run you need to be aware of your hormonal needs and balances in order to gain the best results.

Hormones are important part of good health. They work best when they are in balance with each other. For this reason Dr. Forrest recommends Saliva testing, female and male hormonal testing done right in your home. Saliva testing is an inexpensive, accurate,  easy to perform, accurate way to determine almost all your hormonal levels.

You can easily save hundreds of dollars over conventional blood or urine testing. A test kit is sent to your home. You do the test and then mail it off to the lab. It's that simple. When results are received, Dr. Forrest can schedule a consultation with you to review the tests results (consults are charged by time.)

Not Certain What To Do Next?
If you are uncertain as to which products or programs to use or which tests to take; or, if you would like additional help:
  • Contact us with a brief question.
  • Arrange a phone consultation with Dr. Forrest.
    Call ( 408) 354-4262