Dec 20 2012

What is DHEA?

If you are over 40 or have an auto-immune disease, you are very likely deficient in DHEA.

DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is the most common hormone in our bodies. It is a natural steroid that is present in large amounts in young and healthy individuals.

Produced by the adrenal glands, DHEA is a precursor for the manufacturing of many other hormones in the body. It is natural substance that is abundant when we are about 20 years old, but our body’s production of it decreases as we age.

The steady decline of DHEA levels in our blood stream as we age correlates perfectly with the increasing incidence of killer diseases like cancer, heart disease (including arteriosclerosis) and Alzheimer’s disease. Maintaining proper DHEA levels helps provide energy, vitality, and the natural support of most functions that involve our endocrine system.


DHEA has been found to have significant anticancer effects. A 22-year study of 5,000 apparently healthy women showed that those who developed breast cancer had subnormal DHEA levels. Conversely, 100% of the women with higher-than-average DHEA levels remained cancer free.


A study at Temple University’s School of Medicine found that elevated levels of DHEA helped cause weight loss without a change in appetite. Dr. Schwartz, a biochemist at the university states, “DHEA is a very effective anti-obesity agent”. Increased DHEA appears to create a stabilizing effect on all body systems.It  can help overweight people to lose fat and underweight people to gain weight. It also helps build lean muscle tissue.

Bone Loss

In his book, Reversing Osteoporosis, Dr. Alan Gaby cites a strong association between low DHEA levels and bone loss in post-menopausal women. Maintaining high DHEA levels has been shown proven to help prevent osteoporosis.

Multiple Sclerosis

A study by Dr. Eugene Roberts reveals that DHEA raised level in energy, endurance, limb power, strength and agility in patients suffering from multiple sclerosis, a disease that affects the central nervous system.

Cardiovascular Disease

A decrease in DHEA levels causes the enzyme system to accelerate, which increases the production of both fatty acids and cholesterol.This promotes obesity and arteriosclerosis. In one study at John Hopkins Department of Medicine, subjects with severe hardening of the arteries had almost 50% reduction of arterial plaque when treated with DHEA supplements. Another study published in the New England Journal of Medicine showed a 36% reduction in mortality for any reason. The individuals with higher DHEA levels lived longer and had much lower incidence of heart disease.

The latest research shows that DHEA may also be beneficial in preventing and treating diabetes, auto-immune diseases, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Parkinson’s disease, symptoms of PMS and menopause, in addition to many other age-related diseases.

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