DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a natural, intermediate steroid hormone that is produced in our body by the adrenal glands. DHEA is the most abundant hormone in our blood and can be taken by both men and women due to the fact that we both produce it within our bodies. DHEA levels in our blood are crucial for many hormonal and metabolic functions in our body. As we age we produce less and less DHEA and as a result our blood DHEA level gets lower and lower. This may make us gain more body fat, dry our skin, decrease sex drive, and affect our memory. When adding or supplementing DHEA to our bodies when our blood DHEA levels are low, we can improve these problems and may be able to live longer lives.
DHEA is used for a variety of reasons. It can:
• Add More Muscle Mass
• Improve Sexual Function
• Increase Memory
• Decrease Body Fat
• Enhance Athletic Performance
• Help With Depression.
Although there has not yet been determined an optimal dose, the recommended dose of DHEA is estimated to be around 30-60 milligrams daily. Many people over the age of 40 claim to have better results than young people. Side effects are rare but can include:
• Excess Facial Hair
• Menstrual Irregularity.
If you experience any of these side effects, you should lower the dose or discontinue use all together.