Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is precursor hormone to all of the major sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone), and so it plays a major role in overall hormone balance. DHEA levels decline significantly with age; between the ages of 25 and 80, serum DHEA concentration typically drops by about 80%. While DHEA can ultimately be converted into any sex hormone, most of the antiaging benefits can be attributed to its conversion to “androgens” like testosterone. DHEA has been proposed to have many benefits, including increased bone density, improved athletic performance, improved mood, and enhanced libido and sexual function.
Testosterone supplementation is better studied than DHEA, and is typically used first line for many of the symptoms described above. Nevertheless, if your DHEA levels are low, treatment with a daily pill or cream may be a good option for you.
Can’t I Just Get This Over The Counter At A Health Food Store?
DHEA is widely available in stores that sell health foods and nutritional supplements. However, there is no true regulation over quality control (purity and potency) of these over-the-counter, so you really never know what you’re getting. Some so-called supplements may contain no DHEA at all or significantly more/less than the amount stated on the label. The DHEA prescribed at Youplushealth is high quality and dosed accurately, so you know you’re getting what you pay for.
What Are The Benefits?
DHEA that has been properly prescribed and dosed is capable of treating some of the most common side effects of aging in males, including slowing the natural weakening of the body, decreased sex drive, and the loss of strength in the bones and muscles.
When Should I Start Taking It?
Humans reach their natural hormonal peak in their mid-to-late twenties. This is the point in time when the sex drive is the highest, the hormones are balanced, and the body is its strongest. Individuals interested in DHEA should consider taking it once they reach their thirties to reduce the signs of aging.