DHEA may help fight depression, shield bone health, and more.
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a steroid hormone available in dietary supplement form. Found naturally in your body, it's made in the adrenal glands. The DHEA found in dietary supplements is a synthetic form of the hormone, produced from diosgenin, a substance found in soy and wild yams.
Although many soy and wild yam products are marketed as natural sources of DHEA, the National Institutes of Health warn that the body can't convert wild yam compounds into DHEA on its own.
In your body, DHEA is converted into male and female sex hormones, such as estrogen and testosterone. Proponents suggest that taking DHEA in supplement form can boost your levels of estrogen and testosterone and—in turn—protect against health problems associated with hormone imbalances and/or aging-related declines in hormone levels.
Since low levels of DHEA have been detected in some individuals with conditions like diabetes, breast cancer, heart disease, osteoporosis, and kidney disease, DHEA supplements are also commonly used as an alternative remedy to treat or prevent such conditions.
DHEA is said to aid in the treatment or prevention of the following health problems:
chronic fatigue syndrome
DHEA is also said to slow up the aging process, improve sports performance, enhance libido, promote weight loss, and bolster the immune system.
In addition, DHEA supplements are frequently marketed as testosterone-boosting agents and used for such purposes as increasing muscle mass and reducing fat mass.
Suggested Use: 1 capsule daily preferably with a meal or as directed by a healthcare professional.
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