Interviewer: Dr. John Zenk, we're talking about 7-Keto and the benefits, the weight loss benefits that this product has. Can we find this 7-Keto naturally? Are there any foods that we can eat to try to help us out?
Dr. John Zenk: Good question. We can make it from a plant source.
Dr. Zenk: We have two ways of making it. One is we go through a synthesis process, where we make it from pharmaceutical grade DHEA, which is done in a laboratory, obviously. And then, we can actually go further down the chain, actually, earlier in the chain, and get a compound called diosgenine from what's called the yam plant. So, we can obtain the diosgenine from the yam, use the diosgenine structure to build 7-Keto step by step. So, you really can't eat it or find it in nature other than from our company where we make it synthetically, and put it in the capsule for you, and you can take it that way.
Interviewer: Can you talk about where it's produced in the body? We do naturally make it. Talk about that a little bit.
Dr. Zenk: It's interesting. DHEA is made in the adrenal gland. We have two adrenal glands that sit on top of our kidneys. So, the adrenal glands make the DHEA. The DHEA then circulates through the bloodstream and goes where it's basically needed, and then gets converted to things that we've talked about, like estrogen or testosterone, or other compounds that the body needs. 7-Keto, a lot of the enzymes to convert DHEA to 7-Keto seem to be in the skin. So, as it's circulating, it'll come in contact with the enzymes that are in the capillaries of the skin, and then that reaction takes place, and the DHEA actually gets converted into 7-Keto, and 7-Keto leaves the tissue surrounding the capillary and then moves through the bloodstream again.
Interviewer: So, if we take care of our adrenals and things that will support adrenal health, will that help prevent the decline? Or is that something that's just going to be there?
Dr. Zenk: No, you're stuck with that.
Interviewer: Like taxes and--
Dr. Zenk: You're stuck with that. That's something that's kind of built into our DNA and a lot of people think it has to do with us moving out of our reproductive years. We simply don't need these sex hormones as much when we're 40 and 50 years old than we do when we're 20.