DHEA, which stands for dehydroepiandrosterone, is a naturally-occurring hormone in the human body produced by the adrenal gland and the brain.

Your body uses this hormone to create androgens and estrogens, the sex hormones for males and females respectively.

DHEA levels start decreasing with age (mostly after 30) and decline more quickly in women.

Since the hormone plays an important part in several metabolic functions, some people choose or are prescribed to take DHEA supplements.

What is DHE?

The DHEA hormone is the most abundant hormones circulating in the human body. It usually peaks at around the age of 25 years, and then it starts declining post 30.

In older folks, around age 70-80, the levels found are only about 10-20% compared to young adults. [1]

Several health conditions like memory loss (including Alzheimer’s disease), osteoporosis, depression, heart disease, and immune disorders among others have been found in people with lower levels of DHEA.

However, more research is needed to establish for sure that low levels of this hormone are the primary cause of such conditions.

DHEA supplements are often used by both men and women to enhance sexual performance, improve memory, and to reverse the effects of aging, which means to slow down the natural bodily changes that occur with advancing age.

DHEA supplementation is also believed to help control high cholesterol levels, improve heart health, prevent breast cancer and diabetes, and combat fatigue.

It is also popular among women of menopausal age who seek comfort from the symptoms, but results of studies about the benefits of DHEA supplements on menopause are still mixed.

Athletes and bodybuilders also ingest DHEA orally to boost physical performance since it is considered safe for use.

However, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Olympic Committee has banned its use since the effects can be quite strong.

DHEA supplements are legal in the US as a dietary supplement and are available for purchase at both physical stores and online retailers like Amazon. In Canada and Australia, you will need a prescription to buy the supplement.

Other names for DHEA

Androstenolone, prasterone (INN), 3Beta-methyl-delta5-androsten-17-one, 5-androstene-3beta, DHEA-S, Hydroxyandrosterone.

Editor’s Note

Similar to studies on the topic, DHEA users also have mixed reviews on the benefits of the supplement after using it for a variety of reasons.

While a majority of women take DHEA to combat hormonal issues and mood-related problems, most men use the supplement to build body mass and bone strength.

A lot of users, particularly women, have seen positive effects on their skin as the external application of DHEA was found to improve the skin’s appearance in postmenopausal women.

Other research and some r