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DHEA Supplement – Pure Pharmaceutical Grade
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“The fountain of youth hormone” / “The master hormone”
DHEA is taken for overall youthful mental and physical energy, mood & well being.
Pharmaceutical grade BioSynergy brand DHEA has been and is currently being used as the DHEA of choice for clinical studies. DHEA is manufactured in a number of tissues but mostly in the adrenal glands and is the most common adrenal steroid hormone in the body. DHEA is the parent hormone of the sex hormone testosterone in men and estrogen in women. The decline of DHEA levels with advancing age creates an increased vulnerability to chronic illnesses, falls, fractures, and even early death is associated with low DHEA levels.
Sex hormone levels rise during supplementation with DHEA with the added benefit of lowering the stress hormone cortisol. Some noticeable benefits are improvements in muscle strength, mineral density, and a reduction in body fat. DHEA supplementation in women aged 70-79 improves sexual desire, arousal, activity, and satisfaction while improving menopausal symptoms in younger women.
DHEA supplementation has impressive benefits for brain function. Both DHEA and Pregnenolone, called neurosteroids, protect brain cells from damage. 25 mg daily supplement of DHEA can increase cognitive test scores and prevent the deterioration of mental function used for daily activities. And many studies have demonstrated the importance of taking DHEA supplements for improving mental sharpness and a general sense of well-being.
- Improved immune system
- Greater ability to cope with stressful events
- Elevated mood
- Feeling of well-being
- Decreased fat
- Lift in energy
- Leaner body
- Feeling relaxed
- Improved concentration
- Promotes deeper and more restorative sleep
- Increased muscle strength
Supplemental DHEA and some of the possibilities by over 4000 scientific studies conducted throughout the world over the last 40 years.
In a study at the University of California School of Medicine, La Jolla, DHEA was given to 13 men and 17 women aged 40 to 70 years. The subjects took either 50 mg DHEA or a placebo every day for 6 months. Results showed that 84% of the women and 67% of the men taking DHEA showed “a remarkable increase in perceived physical and psychological well-being” as compared to the placebo group. The subjects taking DHEA reported an improved ability to deal with stressful situations, increased energy, deeper sleep, improved mood and more relaxed feelings.
Dr. William Regelson, MD, a worldwide leading expert on hormones in health and disease says DHEA is the “superstar of the super hormones” and that DHEA “actually makes you look, feel and think better.”
Dr. Arthur Schwartz from Temple University believes that DHEA shows promise as an anti-abnormal cell growth agent and has found that DHEA protects laboratory animals from abnormal cell growth of the breast, lung, colon, liver, skin, and lymphatic tissue.
DHEA has been linked to a reduction in fear. It has been noted that it operates as an anti-glucocorticoid. The negative physiological process of fear is dependent on activity in the hippocampus, which is known to be dense in glucocorticoid receptors.
DHEA replacement therapy has been shown to reduce the rate of abnormal breast cell growth by 73% in a study where rats were given a mammary abnormal cell growth substance called DMBA. The abnormal breast cell growth rate in control animals remained at 95% compared to 27% for those with DHEA supplementation.
DHEA has been shown to significantly enhance immune function. In a study by SS Yen, with 9 healthy men with an average age of 63 years old taking 50 mg per day of DHEA orally over a 20 week period, post DHEA immune function was significantly enhanced. Levels of 13 different immune agents were increased by 20 to 62%.
DHEA supplements have been shown to increase energy levels, enhance memory and cognitive functions, reduce the ill effects of stress, improve immunity to age related illness, decrease body fat, enhance sex drive and possibly even extend life.
In several animal models, DHEA was shown to provide 100% protection against the potentially lethal effects of stress on the immune system. In recent human studies, DHEA has been shown to significantly activate immune function and DHEA has powerful immuno-enhancing properties.
DHEA has been called the “ultimate antioxidant”.
The body’s production of DHEA drops from about 30 mg at age 20 to less than 6 mg per day at age 80. According to Dr. William Regelson of the Medical College of Virginia, DHEA is “one of the best biological bio-markers for chronological age.”
DHEA levels are directly related to mortality (the probability of dying) in humans. In a 12-year study of over 240 men aged 50 to 79 years, researchers found that DHEA levels were inversely correlated with mortality from all causes. This finding suggests that DHEA-S (DHEA sulfate) level measurements can become a standard diagnostic predictor of disease, mortality and life span. Furthermore, if animal results hold true, supplemental DHEA may prevent age related illness, reduce mortality, and extend life span in humans.
Dr. Eugene Roberts found that very low concentrations of DHEA were found to “increase the number of neurons, their ability to establish contacts, and their differentiation” in cell cultures. He also found that DHEA enhanced long-term memory in mice undergoing avoidance training. It may play a similar role in human brain function.
Evidence increasingly suggests that DHEA is essential in maintaining the function of brain cells. Neurologist speculate that DHEA supplementation in humans may be an important ingredient both in slowing the progression of age related brain dysfunction and in treating the sort of degenerative memory disorders that often arise in old age.
Study: NEW YORK (Reuters Health)
Two hormones are roughly equal in terms of helping women with anorexia nervosa rebuild their bones, but one may help to restore their mental health as well, study findings show.
One of the hormones, DHEA, seemed to have a positive effect on psychological symptoms among anorexic women, including body image concerns and attitudes toward eating, researchers report in the November issue of the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism.
Nearly half of all people with anorexia experience early bone loss and bone fractures. Young women with anorexia have low levels of the hormone estrogen, which helps keep bones strong, so one approach to improving bone density has been to prescribe hormone replacement therapy (HRT). However, the evidence to support the use of HRT in women with anorexia has been mixed.
There are some signs that low levels of another type of hormone, DHEA, or dehydroepiandrosterone, also weaken bones in anorexia. Preliminary research has suggested that DHEA supplements may improve bone health in women with anorexia.
In the new study, Dr. Catherine M. Gordon of Children’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts and colleagues compared HRT with DHEA in 61 young women who had anorexia nervosa. The women were randomly assigned to take one of the hormone treatments each day.
Over the course of a year, women in both groups experienced an increase in bone mineral density, but the increase was mainly due to the weight the women gained. Both treatments also seemed to reduce bone destruction, or resorption.
Gordon’s team did detect signs that DHEA not only slows the destruction of bone but also promotes its growth. This difference suggests a “theoretical advantage of DHEA over standard estrogen/progestin,” according to the report, although the researchers point out that bone density did not differ between the groups after one year of treatment.
The investigators found that women taking DHEA experienced a decrease in several psychological symptoms related to anorexia. In the DHEA group, concerns about body image declined 24%, unhealthy attitudes toward eating dropped 26% and anxiety decreased 12%.
Based on the findings, the authors conclude that DHEA “may help reverse some of the emotional disturbances associated with the disease.”
SOURCE: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism 2002;87:4935-4941.DHEA Side Effects:
At this time there are no clinically proven side effects with DHEA. If you are taking any prescribed drugs from your physician, please check the drug interactions before taking this dietary supplement.