The mother of all steroid hormones, pregnenolone actually has a long history with researchers who have studied this hormone for its many different effects that range from the regulation of sodium to the synthesis of the female hormone in the body. Many researchers have called pregnenolone a “pro-hormone” for good reason.
However, its use as part of a stress relief program was also carefully studied all the way back to World War II when researchers found that it not only reduced stress, but that it also increased energy levels for those who were fatigued. However, the research on pregnenolone as stress relief was virtually halted when cortisol, another hormone, was found to be far superior in some respects. This was especially true in those who have rheumatoid arthritis as it relieved inflammatory joints and provided significant short-term improvements.
The Rise of Pregnenolone for Adrenal Fatigue
Although research slowed on pregnenolone, it didn’t stop and today there is still plenty of ongoing study that has demonstrated the many positive and some negative effects it has on the body, particularly in those who suffer from adrenal fatigue.
Pregnenolone is essentially a stimulant to the body and brain which results in greater energy levels, improved memory, better focus and even a happier mood. This sense of well being generally translates into other benefits as well that includes everything from improving the immune defenses of the body to better skin health and even certain anti-aging properties as well.
The effects on adrenal fatigue however are certainly mixed. While the lowering of stress levels and energy boost helps those who suffer from this condition feel better and more energized. Once the effects of the pregnenolone wear off the body and mind are likely to crash to a greater degree that people who do not suffer from adrenal fatigue.
There have been a number of studies over this particular effect and the result has generally been that once the effects of the hormone have run their course, the body is now starved for a source of new energy and the body and mind sink down to levels below that from which they started before the pregnenolone was introduced.
Another danger is that it’s possible over time to actually overdose on pregnenolone due to the fact that the body becomes “used” to the amount that is artificially taken which results in having to take more which can then cause an overdose reaction.
Side Effects of Pregnenolone
Despite being a natural hormone in the body, there are side effects present such as the following.
- Anxious or Unreasonable Anger
- Headaches & Hair Loss
These side effects are usually more than enough to keep pregnenolone from being prescribed in large doses to people suffering from adrenal fatigue. However, when taken in low amount for a short period of time, pregnenolone can provide a fair amount of stress relief without the stimulating effects overwhelming the body. However, care should be taken with the doctor kept fully informed when the effects of this hormone go too far.