What is DHEA?
Very simplistically, DHEA is manufactured in the adrenal glands. The hormone breaks down in the body into testosterone and estrogen in men and in women. Supplemental DHEA and some of the possibilities by over 4000 scientific studies conducted throughout the world over the last 40 years. In a study at the University of California School of Medicine, La Jolla, DHEA was given to 13 men and 17 women aged 40 to 70 years. The subjects took either 50 mg. DHEA or a placebo every day for 6 months. Results showed that 84% of the women and 67% of the men taking DHEA showed "a remarkable increase in perceived physical and psychological well-being" as compared to the placebo group. The subjects taking DHEA reported an improved ability to deal with stressful situations, increased energy, deeper sleep, improved mood and more relaxed feelings. Dr. William Regelson, MD, a worldwide leading expert on hormones in health and disease says DHEA is the "superstar of the super hormones" and that DHEA "actually makes you look, feel and think better."
In recent human studies, DHEA has been shown to significantly activate immune function and DHEA has powerful immuno-enhancing properties. DHEA has been called the "ultimate antioxidant". Aging The body's production of DHEA drops from about 30 mg at age 20 to less than 6 mg per day at age 80. According to Dr. William Regelson of the Medical College of Virginia, DHEA is "one of the best biological bio-markers for chronological age." DHEA levels are directly related to mortality (the probability of dying) in humans. In a 12-year study of over 240 men aged 50 to 79 years, researchers found that DHEA levels were inversely correlated with mortality, both from heart disease and from all causes. This finding suggests that DHEA-S (DHEA sulfate) level measurements can become a standard diagnostic predictor of disease, mortality and life span. Furthermore, if animal results hold true, supplemental DHEA may prevent disease, reduce mortality, and extend life span in humans. Brain Function Dr. Eugene Roberts found that very low concentrations of DHEA were found to "increase the number of neurons, their ability to establish contacts, and their differentiation" in cell cultures. He also found that DHEA also enhanced long-term memory in mice undergoing avoidance training. It may play a similar role in human brain function.