DHEA HORMONE SUPPLEMENTS
The use of hormone supplements is hotly debated amongst
both scientists and health professionals.
DHEA - [dehydroepiandrosterone],
is produced in the adrenal glands. Although DHEA is
regarded as a weak male hormone, it is present in both
sexes. DHEA remains inactive whilst circulating the
body, until it reaches tissue that needs it. It also
acts as a precursor to some other hormones, including
both testosterone and oestrogen.
DHEA declines with age in both men and women. Many
studies have shown oral DHEA can improve neurological
function, immune function, stress disorders, and protect
against some types of cancer and cardiovascular disease.
DHEA is the most abundant of all steroids. DHEA is
made by cholesterol when the pituitary releases ACTH,
which in turns signals the cholesterol. DHEA is involved
in the manufacturing of testosterone, estrogen, progesterone
and coritcosteroids. The decline of DHEA parallels that
of growth hormone. By age 65, the body makes only 10-20%
of DHEA that was made at age 20.
In antiaging programs, DHEA
supports anti-aging with stress response, immune system
decline, and preventing certain chronic diseases such
disease in men, cancer
and multiple sclerosis.
There is now evidence that too much DHEA can be harmful.