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A hormone made in the adrenal glands, DHEA levels decrease after age 30. Supplementing with DHEA has been thought to slow aging, help in weight loss, build muscle, and improve overall health.
DHEA is not recommended for regular use without supervision by a licensed health professional.
Step 1: Use on face and neck
Use DHEA on your face and neck. Some studies suggest that topical creams containing DHEA help reverse aging and repair sun-damaged skin.
Step 2: Use to lose weight
Lose weight. DHEA was found to support weight loss and fat loss in most clinical trials, although further research is needed.
Step 3: Fight aging
Fight the symptoms of aging. Some studies have found that DHEA may prevent or combat a host of conditions associated with aging, including immune function, certain cancers, Alzheimer’s disease, bone loss, menopausal disorders, arthritis, sexual function, memory, and muscle strength.
Step 4: Treat depression
Treat depression with DHEA. Most clinical trials found DHEA effective for depression under the guidance of a specialist.
Step 5: Ease lupus symptoms
Ease the symptoms of systemic lupus, an autoimmune disease. Combined with conventional medicine, DHEA has been found to reduce symptoms, such as facial rashes and muscle weakness, in patients.
Step 6: Improve adrenal function
Improve your adrenal function. DHEA has shown promising results in people with insufficient adrenal function, like Addison’s disease.
Step 7: take DHEA if over 40
Take DHEA if you’re over 40 years old, unless your DHEA levels are known to be low. The recommended dose for adult men is 50 milligrams per day and 25 milligrams for women taken in the morning. Check with your doctor about the appropriate dosage for you.
Did You Know?
In a six-month trial with men and women aged 40 to 70 given DHEA daily, 67 percent of the men and 84 percent of the women reported feeling more relaxed, having increased energy, were able to handle stress more easily, and experienced deeper sleep.