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DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a steroid hormone that is produced from pregnenolone in the adrenal cortex, gonads, nervous system and brain.
About 90% of DHEA is produced in the adrenal glands.
DHEA is the precursor to:
Around the age of 40 most people start producing inadequate levels of DHEA.
DHEA is a base for the sex hormones, and it also helps break down fats and cholesterol.
DHEA’s properties produce weak androgenic activity and have reported anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, anti-obesity, anti-diabetogenic and anti-aging properties.
Causes of Low DHEA levels:
Excessive alcohol consumption
Birth control pills
Lack of exercise
Managing stress can help balance multiple hormone levels.
Lowers LDL cholesterol levels
Stabilizes blood sugar by lowering insulin levels
Increases immune system strength
Assists in the conversion of fat to lean muscle
Decreases cardiac risk for men
May prevent osteoporosis
DHEA peaks between 6:00 am and 1:00 pm every day.
DHEA supplements are best taken in the morning or midday.
DHEA supplements are fat-soluble and best absorbed with a meal, preferably one that includes healthy fat.