DHEA, also known as Dehydroepiandrosterone, is responsible for the production of estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. Deriving from cholesterol, like all natural steroids, DHEA is made within the adrenal glands. It helps with the immune system, the brain, and the heart. DHEA has also been shown to increase insulin sensitivity meaning greater control for those with diabetes. Although DHEA is known to be the most abundant hormone within the human body, that abundance tends to drop as the aging process continues. As DHEA levels start to decrease, protection against heart disease and cancer decrease as well.
DHEA is an over the counter drug, but is recommended to be taken with a prescription from a compound pharmacy. If taken over the counter, trying to replenish the hormone can be more work than needed. DHEA given over the counter needs to be taken about three times a day, due to the hormone containing contaminants and preservatives. With a prescription and assurance of 100% pure product, DHEA can last over a 24-hour period. Using the natural, pure hormone has been shown to decrease the effects of aging and improve the overall quality of life.