7-Keto DHEA For Weight Loss
7-Keto DHEA is a metabolite of DHEA (a steroid hormone that occurs naturally in the body and is produced in the adrenal glands). However, supplementing with 7-keto does not effect hormone levels, as it does not convert into testosterone or estrogen, and has no effect on the sex hormones. Although it’s been on the market for a number of years, there’s been a surge of recent interest, thanks to Dr. Oz.
Several studies validate the ability of 7-Keto to help with weight loss, apparently through its positive effect on thyroid hormone levels in obese people and its ability to raise resting metabolic rate (see J Nutr Biochem. 2007 Sep;18(9):629-34. Epub 2007 Apr 5, Current Therapeutics, (7):435-442 2000).
The latter study concluded…
“The results of the study suggest that 7-oxo-DHEA combined with moderate exercise and a reduced-calorie diet significantly reduces body weight and body fat compared with exercise and a reduced-calorie diet alone. In addition, 7-oxo-DHEA significantly elevated T3 levels but did not affect TSH or T4 levels, indicating that it does not adversely affect thyroid function in the short term.”
Preliminary data also suggests 7-keto may have the ability to lower levels of the stress hormone cortisol.
7-Keto has no central nervous system stimulating properties and may be useful for individuals who are sensitive to stimulants, or experience an underlying medical condition (high blood pressure, heart disease, etc) that prevents them from experimenting with them.
Real-Customer-Comments.com visitor feedback on two commercially available 7-Keto products—PatentLean and Zylotrim—is mostly positive, although personal feedback is always anecdotal, and may be presented by individuals with ulterior motives (i.e., in the employ of the company retailing the product in question).
If you are interested in experimenting with 7-Keto, we recommend buying it in isolation from a reputable online retailer (we recommend the Now brand 7-Keto from BodyBuilding.com). It is much cheaper than purchasing a brand name 7-Keto based product, most of which offer no additional benefits. The effective dosage for this supplement is 100 mg, taken 2 times per day.
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