7-Keto is short for 3-acetyl-7-oxo-dehydroepiandrosterone, one of 150 metabolites that come from the hormone DHEA. This hormone is produced by the adrenal glands. It may be a mouthful, but this supplement, with its 17 syllables, is making its mark as a go-to weight loss supplement.
The benefits of DHEA, or dehydroepiandrosterone, have been proven in several scientific studies. The metabolites from DHEA act on their own or in tandem to deliver these benefits. Among them, 7-Keto is one of the most significant, with its own unique benefits which are distinct from its parent, the DHEA. 7-Keto hastens the metabolism and promotes heat production.
What 7-Keto Does
In the human body, 7-Keto levels peak in our twenties. Production declines slowly beginning around 30 years of age and by age 50, blood levels of 7-Keto are about half that of a 20-year-old person. Low levels of 7-Keto account partially for faster weight gain and increased body fat percentage in older individuals. A decrease in 7-Keto can also result in an abundance of the hormone cortisol. While cortisol also has its health-giving features, too much cortisol can weaken the immune system, reduce bone mass density and lead to impaired learning and memory loss.
Unlike DHEA, 7-Keto also doesn’t convert to into testosterone or estrogen when taken by mouth or applied topically to the skin, making it safe to use for older individuals who are at risk for hormone-related cancers because of a genetic predisposition or environmental factors. This also means men and women are not at risk for hormone related side effects, such as the growth of facial hair in women or the development of breast tissue in men.
This natural deficiency in 7-Keto can be corrected by taking 7-Keto supplements. These supplements are produced from plant sources with no reported adverse effects when taken as directed.
Benefits of 7-Keto Supplements
Taking 7-Keto increases the activity and secretion of three thermogenic enzymes and promotes weight reduction. These heat-producing enzymes stimulate the liver cells to burn fatty acids and convert them into energy which are expended during activity. It's important to note 7-Keto alone will not make a person lose weight. But taking it as a supplement will enhance the effects of regular exercise by increasing the amount of calories burned. A 200 mg dose per day is sufficient to support weight loss.
Immune system support:
Just as the level of 7-Keto in the body declines with age, so does a immune system function, making older individuals more susceptible to infection and illness. A study conducted at the Minnesota Applied Research Center showed a group taking 100 mg 7-Keto supplements had an increase in immune helper cells and a reduction of neutrophils and immune suppressant cells, thus increasing their resistance to infections and acute illnesses.
Improved cholesterol levels:
A study conducted by Czech researchers found the total cholesterol composition in the body changed when 7-Keto in gel form was applied to the skin on the abdomen. The level of "good" (HDL) cholesterol rose significantly with a slight change in the level of "bad" (LDL) cholesterol. Cardiologists agree a higher HDL level can lower the risk for cardiovascular diseases.
Other Benefits of 7-Keto
Balances thyroid function
Improves brain development and enhances memory and cognitive function
Promotes development of lean muscle mass
May prevent or delay onset of Alzheimer’s disease
Helps lower stress-related high blood pressure
It is best to take 7-Keto in the morning, to complement your body’s natural production. This supplement is a stimulant and may cause insomnia if taken at night.