When shopping for health supplements, you may have noticed a small bottle of pills with the letters DHEA on it. Many people ignore this supplement because they do not know what it is!

Well next time you do notice it, make sure that you add it into your shopping basket.

What is DHEA?

DHEA stands for Dehydroepiandrosterone. It is a steroid hormone which is produced naturally in the human body and plays a very important role in our health. Unfortunately, as you age, the amount of DHEA produced by the body starts to decline. This is why you may need supplements.

Listing all of the health benefits would be a massive undertaking, but read on to find out about some of the main ones.

The Benefits

If you suffer from low levels of DHEA in your body, you may be at a higher risk of developing illness and disease. Symptoms of low levels in the body could be in the form of depression, weight gain or muscle loss.
It also acts as a protector against cardiovascular disease and assists in the healthy functioning of major organs, including the reproductive organs.

Below are some other benefits.

  • Fertility – There are benefits tied to fertility when women take DHEA supplements. One of the benefits is an increase in the production of sex hormones such as estrogen, estradiol and estrone. All of these hormones naturally decrease as you age. DHEA has also been linked to an increased chance of ovulating in a fertile environment.
  • Body Mass – DHEA is responsible for ensuring that glucose is metabolised in the body in a more efficient manner, reducing the amount of fat cells that are created, and instead, allowing your body to use more of what you eat for energy as opposed to storing it as fat. Clinical studies have also shown an increase in bone mass in participants who have supplemented on DHEA. This all contributes to a leaner physique.
  • Improved Memory – Many people who have supplemented on DHEA tablets have reported an increase in cognitive functioning and memory. There are studies continuing, looking to see if the hormone can play a role in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.
  • Improved Libido – DHEA is a common ingredient in many natural libido boosting supplements. It is believed that it increases both sex drive and performance in men.

  • Are There any Side Effects?

    Because it naturally occurs in the human body, there are no reports of any major side effects from supplementation. However, as with any over-the-counter supplements, if you have any concerns at all, always consult with you doctor before taking.

    Dr Olivier Clinic offers DHEA directly at the clinic, or it can be purchased via the web shop here.