is an endogenous hormone (made in the human body), and secreted by the adrenal gland. DHEA serves as a precursor to male and female
sex hormones (androgens
Women rely on adequate levels of DHEA to balance other key hormones throughout the body, such as estrogen
, and testosterone
. As women age, DHEA levels like most hormones begin to decline.
Adequate DHEA levels can help women:
- Boost libido
- Rebuild muscle mass
- Lose weight
- Improve memory
- Boost the immune system
- Promote flexibility
- Raise energy levels
If you suspect that the symptoms you’re experiencing may translate into a DHEA
imbalance, hormone testing is available to determine where you stand, hormonally. With the benefits associated with DHEA, it is definitely worth seeing your doctor to check your levels. As with any supplement, you should consult your doctor before taking DHEA. For women, a close eye should be kept on estrogen levels
to ensure they do not go too high.