DHEA is an endogenous (made in the human body) hormone secreted by the adrenal gland. DHEA is known as the “mother of all hormones” and is a prohormone (a natural base building block for hormones) or precursor that stimulates the production of the fountain of youth hormones. DHEA also has important biological functions itself.
Recent experimental and human studies show that DHEA is involved in a large variety of physiological processes, including immune function, brain function, bone metabolism, blood lipid metabolism, energy metabolism, the regulation of normal blood sugar and insulin levels, and the maintenance of lean body mass. DHEA levels peak at age 20-24, and then drop at a rate of approximately 20% per decade, until at age 85-90, levels are 10-15% of what they used to be at age 20-30. DHEA levels also decline under a variety of conditions of physiological stress, such as acute and chronic infections, and trauma. Vegetarians have been shown to have decreased DHEA levels as well.
DHEA is also used by men and women who have low levels of certain hormones to improve well-being, libido, sexuality, physical and mental stamina, signs of aging, effects of stress, as well as an overall improved sense of well being.