Having problems with energy, erectile dysfunction, hair loss, weight gain, infertility and more? DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a steroid hormone that can be bought for as little as $10 from most vitamin shops. It’s not part of your multivitamin but there are many claims that otherwise healthy people can benefit from DHEA supplementation. There is no large-scale scientific evidence that low levels of DHEA cause these conditions, or that taking DHEA can help prevent them. DHEA may be the miracle elixir that peddlers sold at carnivals or it can be a miracle cure.
As people age, hormone levels change. The most noticeable, among men and women, is the reduction of adrenalin, produced by the adrenal gland. Lower levels have been associated with increased stress and reduced energy. The adrenal gland produces steroid hormones such as cortisol, aldosterone, and testosterone. It also produces epinephrine and norepinephrine, which are commonly called adrenaline and noradrenaline. Epinephrine plays key roles in aiding the retention of memories. DHEA is a steroid hormone synthesized from cholesterol and secreted by the adrenal glands. Readily available as a supplement (practically anywhere vitamins are sold) the healthy claims for DHEA are plentiful. Do those claims hold up to scientific study?
DHEA supplementation is designed for people over age 18. DHEA is one of the supplements that people consider for the claims that it can slow or reversing the characteristics of aging, improving thinking skills in older people, and improve cognitive abilities. Supplement manufacturers stack all sorts of claims that convey that DHEA is a miracle in a bottle.
Athletes and body builders may use DHEA to increase muscle mass, strength, and energy. Most evidence points to the contrary. Sports organizations outlaw use of DHEA, as it is essentially a steroid.
DHEA may hold potential risks for those battling cardiovascular disease. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, DHEA decreased levels of high density lipoprotein (HDL), the “good” cholesterol in women. The Mayo Clinic cites all the important claims of DHEA supplementation according to validity. Efficacy average might be a C+, barely passing.
DHEA is laboratory produced from soy and wild yams, as vegan resources. Is it better to take DHEA as tablet, capsule, or tincture. Is it okay to take it at all?
Some people claim that DHEA works wonders, despite the lack of competent evidence. Many do consider it a miracle. This may also be a placebo effect. A placebo is often used in clinical experiments to test the effects of a drug. A placebo is an inactive pill, usually made of sugar. Placebos seem to affect how people feel and this has been known to occur in up to 1 out of 3 patients.
It would be so nice if DHEA contributed to all those things that people expect. Unfortunately, life and biochemical mechanisms often are very complex and sophisticated. The average doctor can give you hormonal-level blood tests but many doctors may not be familiar with the clinical aspects of DHEA.
If you feel that DHEA supplementation may be a quick miraculous to what ails you, please do not experiment with a DHEA regimen without first consulting a licensed nutritionist. Each hormone may deliver particular purposes and, many times, one may cancel out another. One may produce other negative reactions, such as lowering levels of good cholesterol. A licensed nutritionist will be able to guide you through dosing and possibly help you find different routes to help you reach (your sense of) wellness.