The Blood Type Diet Archives Volume 15
Sorry 'bout the biochem but...
Posted By: Stephen (A+)
In Response To: Confused about Peter's DHEA explanation (Rod)
here it is!! This is the reason why DHEA CAN be a problem to cortisol, and won't help ratios always. Supplemental DHEA can increase cortisol. Heres why...
Supplemental DHEA up regulates an enzyme called 3-beta dehydrogenase. This enzyme pushes DHEA through to androstenedione. Big deal huh, but 3-beta dehydrogenase also converts hydroxypregnenolone to hydroxyprogesterone. Now, hydroxyprogesterone (via deoxycortisol) is a precursor to, you guessed it cortisol. This is one reason why DHEA can increase cortisol.
I hope this clears things up.
P.S. There are many natural/nutritional/herbal ways around this without taking DHEA.
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Rod -- Wednesday, 4 October 2000, at 5:54 p.m.
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