7-Keto® is a derivative of the hormone DHEA, which regulates the body's metabolism. This metabolite may be found naturally in the body, and can be taken separately as a supplement. Some studies have suggested that 7-Keto® can provide many of the benefits of DHEA, such as weight loss and muscle building, with fewer negative side effects. 7-Keto®, a trademark of Humanetics Corp., is often added to various fat loss and anti-aging products.
DHEA is often sold as a supplement, with the suggestion that it can help users build muscle and lose weight, as well as treat various diseases and even slow the aging process. There is little scientific proof for some of these claims, and the hormone may have a number of negative side effects associated with it. This includes an increased risk of cancer due to the fact that it increases testosterone and estrogen levels in the body. 7-Keto®, also called dehydroepiandrosterone or 3-acetyl-7-oxo-dehydroepiandrostone, is considered to be a safer alternative which provides many similar health benefits.
The body's ability to produce DHEA may decline with the aging process, which results in less available 7-Keto® as well. This in turn may result in the loss of muscle tissue and decrease bone density. Additional supplementation may help preserve lean muscle tissue and bone health.
It is also suggested that 7-Keto® may help to reduce the risk of heart disease. It improves the HDL or "good" cholesterol levels in the body. It also may help reduce the amount of plaque in the arteries, which may prevent the arterial walls from hardening. It may also help to reduce blood pressure in patients.
One way 7-Keto® is believed to work is by stimulating the natural thermogenic process in the body. This results in an increase in heat, which in turn may lead to more fat being burned for energy. Taking 7-Keto® may very result in a more energetic feel, which is an added benefit for many users of this supplement.
7-Keto® may also improve the functioning of the body's immune system. It may stimulate the production of antibodies, and this strengthens the body's ability to fight infections. It may also reduce the effects of allergic reactions and the body's susceptibility to various illnesses.
Studies are still being conducted to accurately monitor the negative effects of 7-Keto® in the human body. Although it is believed to be safe, it is advised that a healthcare provider should be contacted prior to starting a supplementation cycle. Common dosages range from 100 to 200 milligrams (about 0.1 to 0.2 grams) per day and may be taken in two separate dosages. Some athletes and individuals may increase their dosage depending on their needs.