What is Dhea Supplement?
DHEA is the short form of 5-dehydroepiandosterone.DHEA is a hormone which is produced naturally in humans. DHEA is being produced by the adrenal glands. Scientists have not been able to discover all the functions performed by DHEA in the human body. DHEA serves as a precursor to the male sex hormone testosterone and female sex hormone estrogen. The production of DHEA supplement reaches maximum during the twenties and it slows down with age. This is the same in the case of estrogen and testosterone also. 5-dehydroepiandosterone also acts as a neuro -steroid.
DHEA hormones are effective in fighting autoimmune conditions such as arthritis and multiple sclerosis. Some researchers claim that DHEA has the power to increase the strength of muscles and bones. But they have not been able to prove this experimentally.
DHEA finds a number of applications in the medical field. As DHEA is secreted by the adrenal glands, it is possible to detect their levels in blood and thereby find out as a diseased condition such as adrenal cancer in which the activity of adrenal gland will increase beyond a certain level. It can also detect diseases such as congenital adrenal hyperplasia. DHEA in combination with sulphur can act as a buffer as well as a reservoir. DHEA supplementation was used to improve memory in those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease but it could not produce the desired effect. These supplements are also used by athletes. The World Ant doping Agency prohibits the use of it. DHEA is also used for muscle building .DHEA also finds use in treatment of diabetes as it has the capacity to restore oxidative balance.
DHEA is also not free from side effects. Over use can cause cardiovascular problems. In United States DHEA is included under anabolic steroids. In order to buy this in Canada a doctor’s prescription is a must.
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