DHEA - Natural
What is DHEA? or
What is Dehydroepiandrosterone?
(Dehydroepiandrosterone) is a naturally occurring androgenic
pro-hormone, similar to Androstenedione, that is produced naturally by
the adrenal glands in both men and women. DHEA is two steps up the
metabolic pathway from testosterone. When we are young, around 7 years
of age, we begin producing this hormone naturally. The production of
this hormone peaks when we are around the ages of 20-24 and then
declines steadily with age, at the rate of about 20% per decade until
we eventually bottom out at approximately 10% of peak levels by the
time we reach 80 years of age. DHEA can help support a variety of
natural functions like: cellular energy formation, fat metabolism and
Why should I use
Androstenedione and Tribulus terrestris, DHEA may help enhance the
body's natural testosterone production. DHEA has soared in popularity
over the last few years for various reasons. These include increased
libido, increased sense of well being and an increase in metabolism.
For people over 40 years of age, DHEA supplementation can help elevate
levels of DHEA to previous levels as well as boost testosterone levels
naturally. Athletes are using DHEA to help ensure that their levels of
this natural hormone are at normal levels at all times. This can thus
ensure that testosterone levels are maintained through a natural
platform without the use of dangerous drugs like steroids. Although it
is unlikely that anyone will experience steroid-like effects using
DHEA, it is possible to benefit from its use, especially for those
over 40 or athletes looking for a natural and legal way to boost
What research has
been done on DHEA?
There have been
various studies conducted on DHEA and it's potential benefits. One
study in particular, examined the effects of a 50mg daily oral dose in
men and women over 50 years of age. After just two weeks of
supplementation, blood tests revealed that the test subject's DHEA
levels rose to those of young adults. In addition to this, it was also
reported that certain aspects of immune system function were upgraded.
In a follow-up study,
also using mature adults, test subjects were given 100mg of DHEA at
night before going to sleep. As was expected, this caused a rise in
DHEA levels and an increase in immune function. What was surprising
about this study however, was that the test subjects gained lean body
mass (muscle), and found that their strength levels were substantially
improved! In addition, the men in the study experienced a significant
decrease in body fat over the control group.
In a similar manner,
DHEA may aid athletes in maintaining testosterone levels as intense
exercise can suppress testosterone production.
What doses of
DHEA should be taken?
While there is no
definitive guide on how much DHEA should be taken, there are different
guidelines suggested by experts in the medical field. Most suggest
50-200mg per day for men, taken evenly throughout the day. Women,
on-the-other-hand, tend to respond much more dramatically to DHEA than
men, therefore, 50mg per day or every other day might be sufficient.
What side effects
are caused by DHEA?
Just as with any
supplement, caution should be exercised when considering taking DHEA.
DHEA, similar to androstenedione, is a powerful supplement that should
be avoided by some individuals such as those with hormonal imbalances,
high blood pressure or prostate hypertrophy. Always consult a
physician when in doubt. Women should also be cautious as acne and
other androgenic side effects could be experienced by high dosage or
prolonged usage of DHEA.
Should I cycle
There is no evidence
that shows conclusively what the optimal usage and duration of DHEA
should be. Remember that DHEA is a relatively potent androgenic
hormone, and taking it for an extended periods of time may cause your
body to stop producing its own DHEA or "down regulate" its
effects. Cycling might be advantageous.
There are different
"schemes" of cycling that have been purported to work. These
include a 3 week "on cycle" followed by a 1-3 week "off
cycle", or a descending dosage pattern such as 4-6 weeks
"on" followed by 3-6 weeks "off". As is the case
with all supplementation, better judgment is the key to success.