DHEA is a hormone made by our Adrenal Glands. The brain can also can make its own DHEA. Starting in our 30s DHEA starts to decline, and by menopause, we have about HALF the amount we had in our 30s. By age 70, we have only 25% of our once youthful levels.
DHEA is a “Growth and Repair” hormone. It promotes bone growth, muscle mass, a strong immune system and healthy brain function. It helps fight infections and decrease allergies. In addition, DHEA has been shown to decrease insulin resistance AND decrease triglycerides, which are both known causes of diabetes and heart disease.
DHEA also helps reduce the damaging effects of stress! Unfortunately, DHEA declines more rapidly during physical and emotional stress because the Adrenal Glands preferentially produce Cortisol during stress, which bypasses the production of DHEA and Sex Hormones.
DHEA is required to make Estrogen and Testosterone, too!
Replacing DHEA has been shown to help with weight loss, joint pain, sleep, energy levels, strength, bone health, immune function, feelings of wellness, and general quality of life.
Certain situations can cause the body to slow its natural DHEA production, such as:
• Emotional or physical stress
• Some medications
• Dieting or a vegetarian diet
Weight Management Benefits of DHEA – DHEA supports healthy fat burning and thermogenesis (the process by which the body raises its temperature or energy output, helping you to burn off more calories). It also supports healthy blood sugar control.
Menopause/Perimenopause support – DHEA helps to lessen the symptoms women occasionally experience with reduced estrogen production.
Stress Support – Physical and emotional stress can potentially interfere in the body’s natural production of DHEA.
Supplementation may help maintain healthy levels of DHEA during these times by counteracting the effects of the stress hormone cortisol (produced by the adrenal glands).
Medication treatment support – Can help support adrenal system during treatment with corticosteroid drugs.
Healthy aging – DHEA helps to maintain healthy levels of estrogen and testosterone as we age. It can help preserve vitality, bone/muscle health, and sexual health.