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DHEA: A Natural Yet Decreasing Hormone

Vitality © Copyright Benjamin J. DeLong and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons License

When the body is young, it produces a lot of DHEA, a hormone that other sex hormones are derived from. It’s actually the most abundant circulating hormone. But as the body ages, production levels of DHEA begin to decrease.

At about age 30, levels begin dropping dramatically. And by age 70, most people’s levels of this hormone have been reduced by 80 percent.

This drop-off has consequences. Reduced levels of DHEA are known to be associated with kidney disease, type-2 diabetes, and some cases of anorexia.

So maintaining a consistent level of DHEA can give you more energy, boost your ambition, control your mood swings, and otherwise improve your quality of life.

DHEA as a Supplement

DHEA is a popular supplement. While it can be produced in labs from wild yam, supplements made from yam will not produce benefits for the body. This is why it’s so important to avoid products labeled as natural DHEA made with yam and to, instead, choose pharmaceutical-grade DHEA supplements.

Much research needs to be done in this area, yet some studies show it can help people age well and other uses. Older people and people with adrenal function might especially want to consider taking this supplement.

Other possible uses:

  • dhea supplementImproved sex drive
  • Help with erectile dysfunction (although results of studies vary, so better research is needed in this area)
  • Increased exercise capacity
  • Combating depression
  • Regulating weight
  • Improving older adult skin by decreasing age spots, increasing skin thickness, and giving the skin more moisture
  • Preventing osteoporosis (research shows that taking DHEA daily improves bone mineral density in older men and women)
  • Treating lupus (in some cases)

An important note: Taking DHEA supplements can produce increased levels of sex hormones, which in theory can increase the risk of getting some cancers, such as breast, prostate, and ovarian. But then some research suggests that DHEA has an anticancer effect. No matter what, people should consult with their doctor before taking DHEA supplements regularly.

The FDA banned DHEA in 1985, but they removed the ban in 1994. The National Football League, the National Basketball Association, and some other sports organizations, including the Olympics, do not allow players to use DHEA due to a concern that its effects may be similar to those of anabolic steroids.

Yet, for most people, when taken in doctor-recommended dosages, there will be few side effects. (A typical dosage is 25 to 200 mg a day.)

Possible side effects include acne, greasy hair, facial hair and breast tenderness for women, and increased blood pressure and aggressiveness for men. These side effects are more likely when DHEA supplements are taken in high doses for a long time. So it’s advised to take a break or only take a supplement every other day or once a week.

A few other pieces of advice:

  • It’s best to take DHEA with food that has some fat in it to improve its absorption.
  • Benefits of DHEA supplements usually take two to three weeks to have an effect.

Know that maintaining your levels of DHEA can improve your outward appearance and your overall well-being—and supplements can be a great way to achieve this goal.

Find out more about BioSynergy’s DHEA supplement.

Or buy our pharmaceutical-grade supplements.

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