Efficacy of DHEA

DHEA (otherwise known as dehydroepiandrosterone) is a hormone produced by the adrenal gland and is the most common sterone in the human bloodstream. DHEA helps fight against premature ageing, stimulates metabolism production, strengthens sexual functions, enhances immunity and improves bone density. We start producing natural DHEA when we are young, but as we get older, our DHEA levels decline at the rate of about 20% per decade.

How is DHEA Produced in the Body?

Natural cholesterol is the raw compound that is used to create all hormones in the body. In the adrenal glands, cholesterol is converted to pregnenolone, which is then converted to DHEA and a number of other sex hormones including testosterone and estrogen.

How Much DHEA Does Our Body Produce?

While studies are still being carried out, researchers estimate that we make between 10 and 15 mg of DHEA daily. Results may vary from person to person.

What is DHEAS?

DHEAS stands for DHEA-Sulphate. DHEAS is the most abundant steroid in young adults. Your body makes most of its DHEA in the morning and it starts to decline somewhat rapidly during the day because it is being cleared-out by the kidneys. However, DHEAS is removed slower and therefore the blood levels remain much more stable during the day. When you take DHEA supplements, some of it will circulate as DHEA, but the majority (90% or more) will circulate as DHEAS.

What is a Steroid?

Steroids are hormones that are derived from the cholesterol material produced in the body. Steroid hormones include DHEA, pregnenolone, estrogen, progesterone and testosterone.

DHEA Supplement Studies Conducted with Positive Results(1)

DHEA supplements have been clinically studied and researchers believe that the natural hormone can help people experience:

  • Increased energy levels
  • Decreased total body fat
  • Improved psychological well-being
  • Enhanced libido and sexual functions
  • Healthier-looking appearance

(1) Stokel, Kirk. Report: New Research Substantiates the Anti-Aging Properties of DHEA. Life Extension Magazine. December 2010.