3beta-Hydroxyandrost-5-Ene-17-One is a androgenic hormone that is sold in the United States and in some other countries for anti-aging and overall fitness. This androgenic hormone is being used by people from 21 to their 90's as a way to increase the natural androgen levels in the body. Increasing natural androgens like testosterone leads to a better quality of life and athletic performance.
Humans have been supplementing their hormone levels since the early part of the 20th century. It was common for males to eat the testicles of slaughtered animals as a rite of passage and as a way to proclaim their masculine standing. Since the late 1960's health enthusiasts have been taking an extract of raw testicles, processed as a dietary supplement called Orchic.
Orchic extract was used to supplement males with the cascade of hormones that were normally available in the male animals as a way to balance their hormone levels as they age. Naturally, as we age, our hormone levels decline. This leads to many issues like muscle loss, a reduction in our immune system and an increased amount of body fat. In addition to Orchic extract, in the 90's we saw new hormone extracts come on the market like androstenedione and 3beta-Hydroxyandrost-5-Ene-17-One, which were prohormones to the natural androgens in the male body like testosterone.
3beta-Hydroxyandrost-5-Ene-17-One is still available today and is useful for older people who wish to trim body fat and increase their immune system and also for men over 21 who wish to improve their muscle density and fullness.
To get more of 3beta-Hydroxyandrost-5-Ene-17-One to convert to testosterone and other androgenic hormones, supplement companies will use a variety of co-factors to help push the conversion in this direction. An ingredient called 3-Beta-Hydroxy-Urs-12-En-28-Oic Acid for example will reduce the conversion to estrogen, making more of the hormone available to boost testosterone. Another extract of stinging nettle root will reduce the conversion to DHT and finally enzyme blockers like piperine and luteolin will help keep more of the hormone active for a longer period of time.
These additions will help the hormone be more active and convert at a higher rate to testosterone, giving the males a better chance at achieving their results.