7-keto DHEA is a metabolite of the adrenal hormone dehydroepiandrosteronen (DHEA). 3-acetyl-7-oxo-dehydroepiandrosterone, or 7-keto, is a naturally occurring byproduct of DHEA that is produced in the adrenal glands, brain and skin. There are about 150 DHEA metabolites, and 7-keto seems to be one of the most valuable among them. One of the most important of these is 7-Keto DHEA (commonly referred to as 7-Keto), a hormone metabolite that can safely boost immune function and help reduce body fat. Unlike DHEA, however, 7-Keto does not convert to estrogen and testosterone.
Additionally, 7-keto DHEA may enhance immune function, decrease muscle loss, decrease stress, increase metabolic rate (Help you lose the fat in your belly) and accelerate weight loss in healthy adults. DHEA helps to retard the effects of aging and promotes enhanced longevity, exerting a multitude of effects through its conversion to some 150 metabolites, each with unique actions within the body.