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7-Keto: A Better Way To Take DHEA?

A steroidal hormone called DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) has been the subject of rampant rumors alleging miraculous anti-aging effects. These rumors, based largely on animal research, were fueled by two recent studies led by Dr. Arlene Morales. The studies indicated that DHEA improved physical and psychological well being in older persons. The results of these studies, however, had not been seen in recent follow-up research.

DHEA has been the subject of thousands of animal studies and a few studies in humans, suggesting potential health benefits in diabetes, immunity and cancer. In most cases these possible benefits have not been demonstrated in human clinical trials. As Dr. Morales explained in a recent review of DHEA research, "...the inapplicability of this data to humans is not appreciated, as the physiology of adrenal androgens in humans and a few primates is unique." And despite some marketers' claims there is no proof that DHEA enhances longevity, sex drive or weight control, or that it prevents heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, colds and flu.

Also, DHEA may have a dark side. By facilitating internal production of testosterone and estrogen, supplemental DHEA could accelerate the growth of undetected prostate or breast tumors. Studies have shown higher levels of DHEA - and estrogens made from it - in people with breast cancer and endometrial cancer.

Still, the benefits seen in animal studies and the two small studies indicating improved physical and psychological well being have made DHEA a hot consumer commodity. This has left many people in a quandary, wanting the potential preventive health and anti-aging benefits of DHEA, but dissuaded by reports of its potential dangers.


Potential Benefits of 7-KETO DHEA

According to Henry Lardy, PhD, of the National Academy of Sciences, 7-KETO DHEA offers the potential benefits of DHEA without the risks. 7-KETO DHEA is a natural metabolite, also called conversion product, of DHEA. Once DHEA is converted to the 7-KETO form it can no longer be used to make the sex hormones that present cancer risks.

In preliminary studies on animals, 7-Keto DHEA stimulates the immune system, prevents muscle loss (anti-catabolic), reduces stress, increases the calorie-burning rate by activating thermogenic liver enzymes and improves memory more than DHEA or a placebo. Monkeys infected with the simian version of HIV displayed weight gain, a five-fold increase in T-cell counts and improvement in overall behavior and clinical condition.


Buying Information

           7-KETO DHEA supplements are available in several forms, including Vegi UltraCaps, Softgels, tablet and capsule - visit

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