DHEA is the most abundant steroid hormone in the human body, yet is ignored by the medical profession--perhaps
because it's available without a prescription? With its sulfated form, DHEAS, it circulates in levels that are 20 times higher than
cortisol and 5000 times higher than testosterone in men or progesterone in women. It is secreted by the adrenal glands along
with cortisol. Low DHEAS levels are an indicator of adrenal insufficiency. DHEAS levels drop by 50% by age 40 and continue to
decline with age. We don't know everything that it does, but it's obviously very important. We do know that cells throughout the
body take in DHEA and DHEAS and convert them into estradiol and testosterone. It is estimated that this "intracrine" process
provides 70% of a young woman's total androgen effect. DHEA is not only a precursor to other sex hormones but is also a
hormone in its own right—stimulating processes that build and restore tissues in our bodies. One of its most important functions
is to counteract the negative effects of excess amounts of the stress hormone, cortisol. Any persons taking hydrocortisone or
one of the pharmaceutical steroids are severely suppressing their DHEAS levels, and this is a major cause of the negative
effects of taking these steroids. Any person taking a "steroid" (hydrocortisone, prednisone, Medrol, dexamethasone)
must replace their DHEA to youthful levels in order to prevent side effects and to maintain their health and quality
There are thousands of scientific studies on DHEA. It helps to reverse the effects of stress on the immune system. It
reduces cardiovascular risk by increasing lipolysis or breakdown of fat. It helps restore sexual vitality. It improves mood,
memory, and mental acuity. It helps build muscle and bone. It reduces pain by improving our natural endorphin levels. It
improves insulin sensitivity, thus helping to prevent or alleviate adult-onset diabetes. Higher DHEAS levels have been shown to
be associated with lower risk of heart attacks and death. It may play a role in helping to prevent breast cancer. (Labrie 2006).
DHEA improves fertility in older women--so taking DHEA is a simple, healthy, and inexpensive way for an older woman to
improve her chances of pregnancy. It also has anti-inflammatory effects; reducing levels of inflammatory molecules like
interleukin-6 and tumor necrosis factor alpha. DHEA is an effective treatment for systemic lupus erythematosis, ulcerative colitis,
and no doubt for many autoimmune/inflammatory diseases. Replacement studies have found no deleterious effects, even at
very high doses. Restoring DHEA to youthful levels makes all the sense in the world.
For more information on the benefits of DHEA. Read this informative article from the Life Extension Foundation.
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