DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) is an important adrenal hormone that supports healthy aging. DHEA levels decline with age and stress. It is the most abundant steroid in the bloodstream and is present at higher levels in brain tissue. DHEA supports immune system and thyroid function, as well as memory and energy function; it is also a precursor to many steroid sex hormones, including estrogen and testosterone. With age DHEA production declines, usually peaking between the ages of 25-30, and gradually falling to a decline of 90% by age 60.
Studies have shown that supplementing with DHEA may benefit:
The immune system
Blood sugar metabolism and weight management
Brain and bone health
Estrogen and testosterone levels
How DHEA Works Optimal levels of DHEA support balanced cortisol levels. As we age, levels of DHEA decrease naturally. Along with additional stress, low levels of DHEA may lead to higher levels of cortisol, our stress hormone, and accelerated aging. High and prolonged levels of cortisol in the bloodstream (like those associated with chronic stress) have been shown to have negative effects such as:
Impaired cognitive performance and suppressed thyroid function
Blood sugar imbalances
Decreased bone density and a decrease in muscle tissue
Higher blood pressure and lowered immunity
Factors that contribute to low DHEA levels include:
Caffeine, alcohol, sugar, nicotine, and nutritional imbalance
A vegetarian diet low in cholesterol and healthy fats
If you are pregnant, nursing, have hormone related cancer, taking benzodiazepines or related CNS active drugs, or are taking thyroid hormone medication do not take this product without consulting your health care professional first. This product is not intended to be taken by anyone under 18 years of age.