Dhea is a natural intermediate steriod hormone produced in our body by the adrenal glands. DHEA is called “mother of hormones”, or prohormone because DHEA is further converted to generate 50 other essential hormones. DHEA is converted to what ever hormone your body is lacking. DHEA is the most abundant hormone in our blood, and adequate blood DHEA level is critical for many vital hormonal and metabolic functions of our body. Our bodies produce less and less DHEA as we age and as a result, our blood DHEA level decreases as we get older, generally falling significantly by the age of 30, and by as much as 50% by age 40.
|DHEA is a Remedy for:
The question that is being asked is why do we have such a significant decrease in Dhea levels and is this normal?
Some of thoughts why are levels decrease so drastically is that our bodies adrenals are overwhelmed from the stresses we put on them. Other studies are looking into our diet to find out whether we are giving our bodies enough diverse food sources to make the building blocks/precursors to manufacture Dhea.
Do people in industrialized countries have lower Dhea levels and therefore age prematurely and have aged related diseases earlier?
Studies are showing this, communities where the work force is less taxed and the work is gratifying show higher levels of Dhea which supports the studies that daily stresses overwhelm our adrenals and then for some reason they choose not to make Dhea. “Maybe stress is the silent killer”.
Ideally it would be best to decrease stress, but in cases where this is not possible you may find that supplying the body with Dhea you are able to deal with life much better physically and emotionally until life is more under control.
Improved DHEA levels have been correlated with improved sense of well being, reduced body fat and improved skin tone and moisture, increased sex drive, improved immunity, enhanced memory, and increased bone density. Numerous studies have proven great correlations between DHEA deficiency and a variety of diseases and symptoms. For example, decreased levels of DHEA predisposes women to higher probability of breast cancer, autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s diseases. A Study reported in the prestigious journal Science in August 2002 directly correlates increased blood DHEA level to longevity.
DHEA dietary supplements have been in use for a variety of reasons: to deter aging, improve rheumatologic conditions, and treat depression.
DHEA was first isolated from urine by Adolf Butenandt in 1931, who won a Nobel prize for this. In 1960, Etienne-Emile Baulieu discovered that DHEA is produced from the adrenal cortex. During the periods of 1972-1991, DHEA was tested for the effectiveness in reducing fat, protecting from cancers, and prevent atherosclerosis. DHEA began to show up as an OTC supplement in early 1980, and was banned in 1985 by the US Food and Drug Administration for lack of clinical data to support the safety and the medical claims made. FDA’s restrictions on DHEA was lifted and DHEA reemerged in the market in 1994. DHEA has been a hot topic for research in the past two decades.
In general, DHEA is used to achieve the following:
Why is Natural DHEA better as a cream?
It has been discovered that a high absorption rate of many supplements (like DHEA) can be achieved when delivered through the skin-as a cream. (The physical size of the supplement’s molecule plays an important role). The reason for this is when supplements are delivered transdermally, they go directly to the bloodstream. The result can mean as much as 90% of the supplement gets to the cells where they are needed, where as digested supplements absorption may vary greatly depending on how good your digestive tract is working and how well the supplement manufacturer made the product. These are just a few of the reasons why many doctors are calling trans-dermal delivery, the delivery system of the future.
How much DHEA do I need?
One pump dispenses 15 milligrams of Dhea with each full stroke of the pump. It is generally agreed that 15 to 30 milligrams per day (as a cream) is sufficient for most people’s needs.