Pegnenolone is a natural hormone produced in the human body. Pregnenolone is reported to be helpful in slowing the aging process and improving memory. It is available as a dietary supplement.
Pregnenolone is touted as being beneficial to depression, arthritis, menopause, fatigue, lupus, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, prostate problems and seizures.
In certain individuals, pregnenolone benefits include increased energy, body detoxification and better response to stress. It's speculated that pregnenolone works to block effects of gamma-aminobutyric acid, a chemical that slows nerve signals in brain tissue.
A common misconception of pregnenolone is that since it is produced in the human body, it is safe and without side effects. Supplementation with pregnenolone can cause headaches, insomnia, changes in menstrual cycle, increase in facial hair, anxiety and seizures.
Pregnenolone is not recommended for children. Children may be more prone to adverse reactions and, since it is a hormone, it may affect growth and development.
Although pregnenolone benefits certain individuals, because it is a hormone it can spur hormonally sensitive malignancies and gynecological conditions such as fibroids and endometriosis.