DHEA forms the basis of numerous hormones synthesized by the body, and thus provides a natural hormone booster for healthy aging.
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One capsule of DHEA contains 5 mg, 10 mg, 15 mg, 25 mg or 50 mg Of DHEA (DehydroEpiAndrosterone) pharmaceutical grade. Other components include rice flour, magnesium stearate.
Other names of DHEA include 3b-Hydroxyandrost-5-ene-17-one, Androstenolone and 3Betahydroxy-androst-5-ene-17-one. It may also be referred to as Dehydroepiandrosterone, Déhydroepiandrostérone, DHEA-S, GL701, Prasterone or Prastérone.
DHEA refers to a hormone that is naturally produced by the human body. It can be done in the laboratory where it is manufactured from chemicals found in soy and wild yam. However, the human body is unable to make the hormone from these chemicals, so simply consuming a diet of soy or wild yam is not going to increase the hormone levels. Also, do not be fooled by the yam and soya wild products that are labeled as “natural DHEA”.
DHEA is used to slow or reverse aging, improve thinking capabilities in older people, and slow down Alzheimer’s disease. It may also be used by athletes and other people to increase muscle tone and mass, strength and energy. However, its use is prohibited by the NCAA.
The hormone is also used by men who wish to treat erectile dysfunction (ED), as well as by healthy women who may have low levels of certain hormones that impair their sexual activity. Some people use it in the systemic treatment of osteoporosis, systemic lupus erythematosus, multiple sclerosis, depression and low levels of steroid hormones. It may also improve chronic fatigue syndrome, schizophrenia as well as slow down the progression of Parkinson’s disease. Additionally, it is used to prevent breast cancer, heart disease, diabetes and the metabolic syndrome.
DHEA is a “mother hormone” that is produced by the adrenal (adrenal) glands that are located in the upper part of the kidneys. In men, the hormone is also secreted by the testicles. The body converts it into the hormone known as androstenedione. This hormone is then converted into the major male and female hormones.
The levels of DHEA seem to fall as people grow older. The level of the hormone also appears to be lower in people with a disorder such as depression. Some researchers believe that replacing lost DHEA with supplements could prevent certain diseases and conditions.
-Age: According to researchers in geriatrics, a disturbance of the balance between the production of cortisol and DHEA is responsible for numerous health problems related to stress and age. Several studies have revealed that the hormone produces a feeling of general well-being among older people. In addition, taking it increases the resistance to stress.
-Immune system: DHEA has a direct effect on lymphocytes and stimulates interleukin-2, one of the most important communication proteins in immune regulation. It also supports the immune system and makes the body resistant to infections.
-Very low levels of this hormone have been found in patients with atherosclerosis, hypertension, memory and concentration problems, excess weight, metabolism, chronic fatigue, cholesterol, Alzheimer’s disease and multiple sclerosis. Very low levels have also been found in patients with ery- matosus lupus (an autoimmune disease), osteoporosis, depression, and asthma.
-Taking the hormone helps to alleviate the symptoms of these diseases and improves the quality of life of those who suffer.
-Cancer: DHEA cannot cure cancer and should not be taken as a substitute for an established cancer treatment, as studies on its effects are not yet complete. However, numerous studies have been able to demonstrate that the onset of cancer is directly related to low levels of this hormone. In the clinical trials carried out, it has been possible to avoid the development of several types of cancer.
-Pregnancy and breastfeeding: The hormone may not be safe when taken orally during pregnancy or lactation. It may lead to higher levels of the male hormone known as androgen. This could be detrimental to the baby, which is why pregnant and breastfeeding mothers are discouraged from using it.
-There are various other conditions sensitive to hormones such as uterine cancer, endometriosis, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, or uterine fibroids. This hormone can affect the action of estrogens in the body. Therefore, if you have any medical condition that may be aggravated by exposure to estrogen, do not use it.
-Liver problems: The hormone is also believed to be able to worsen liver problems. Do not use it if you happen to have liver problems.
-Diabetes: This hormone can affect the activity of insulin in the body. You are advised to check your blood sugar level carefully before taking the hormone if you have diabetes.
-Depression and Mood Disorders: It is feared that patients with a history of depression as well as bipolar disorder may have certain mental side effects if they use DHEA. This is because it can cause mania (impulsivity and excitability), irritability, and sexual inadequacy in people with mood disorders. People with mood disorders are advised to talk about the hormone with your healthcare provider before they start to use the hormone. Also, one should pay attention to any changes on their moods as soon as they start to use the drug.
-Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS): Taking DHEA may worsen this condition. Do not use it if you have polycystic ovarian syndrome.
-Cholesterol problems: This hormone could decrease “good cholesterol” (high-density lipoprotein, HDL). If your H.D.L level is already too low, discuss with your healthcare provider before you start taking it.
DHEA is deemed safe for most people when used for a few months. Even then, it can cause certain side effects like acne, stomach ache, high blood pressure and hair loss. Some women may have facial hair growth, changes in the menstrual cycle, and a more severe voice after taking it.
The hormone is possibly unsafe when used in larger amounts and for longer. As a result, avoid using it in doses greater than 50-100 mg/day or for an extended period of time. Use of higher doses or long-term use of DHEA may increase the risk of side effects.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
If you have your own capsules and forget to take a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it’s time for your daily dose, take only that dose; it is dangerous to take double doses in a single day.
Store this medication at room temperature, away from heat and light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date. Do not throw unused medications into the sink or drain. Remember to keep any medicine out of the reach of children as it can be dangerous.