What is DHEA?

If a drug and supplement, etc is tried in men, and fails to work, it’s written off as being ineffective, have you ever noticed? Although improving, it’s well known that men have been the standard subjects in research, with the results often being applied to women as an afterthought.
In the past few years, that situation has improved and women are looked at as the physiologically distinct people they are from men, and studies looking at specific effects in women – using women as the test subjects – has grown considerably. That’s the good news at least. The bad news is, there’s still plenty of research out there done on men, being applied to women, sometimes to the detriment of women.
Males are not so different that a great deal of research fails to be perfectly applicable to both sexes, but the fact remains a great deal of prior research was done looking at men, and the results, good or bad, applied to women more as an after thought. The fact remains that a great deal of prior research was done looking at men, and the results, good or bad, applied to women more as an after thought, although there is contradictory research regarding the two genders.
DHEA stands for dehydroepiandrosterone. Whilst that appears like a frightening term what you basically have to know is that it is an endogenous hormone (which means it is produced by your body). To be exact it is produced by your adrenal glands which sit on top of your kidneys.
As opposed to bad hypothesis that DHEA can cause cancer, individual research indicates that DHEA inhibits cancer cell growth. It also works to thin fatty deposits of the inner wall lining of arteries. Bodybuilders are convinced it helps them bulk up (increase muscle mass), and burn fat… hence aiding in weight-loss. These advantages decrease when DHEA is overdosed (just as vitamins become poisonous when too much of them are ingested), so when it comes to getting the most out of DHEA, moderation is key.
DHEA manufacturing in your body is essential as it is a forerunner to your other essential hormones. These hormones are critical to maintain health, muscle tone, fertility and function, and general homeostasis (balance) inside the body. Your own body’s DHEA production is usually most effective during your mid-20s and then steadily declines as you age. Without adequate DHEA production your body won’t be able to generate the proper amount of estrogen to allow for effective ovulation (and thus a fertile cycle).
What I discovered is that DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) levels peeking at age 21 and dropping off at the rate of 20% per decade thereafter, describes WHY the human body ages the way it does… with decreased energy, reduced weight loss ability, decreased vitality, and the feared oncoming of lines and wrinkles.
Regardless of whether your objective is to lose weight, improve muscle mass, or both – DHEA can help! The older you are, the more obvious the benefits of DHEA become.
Made naturally in your body by the adrenal glands, DHEA levels in the body are greatest between the ages of 20-24 years, and start to drop from that point on! It is estimated, DHEA levels are down to as little as 5%, by age 80. That’s a drop of 95% from levels at age 20. Pitiful? Too right it is! So, how do we reverse the aging process, as it were, to revitalize and regenerate the body? The answer is very simple. Top-up your DHEA!
For males, the suggested levels of DHEA supplementation cover anything from 50-100mg per day (taken in the morning and evening), whereas, for females, it is advisable that they do not exceed 25mg per day. To be very sure you know what you’re doing, AND to stay safe, seek advice from a physician prior to taking DHEA. By taking a sample of your saliva for laboratory testing, doctors have a way of checking your DHEA levels.