hyped as the ultimate anti-aging herb. Luckily there are clinical
studies that show it helps to slow down the aging of the skin
for treating erectile dysfunction.
possible, get your serum levels measured to see if it low or
elevated. If your blood levels are high, you might not need to take
supplement. You may have to seek out specialized lab as the one your
doctor uses may not be able to measure serum DHEA levels.
is some evidence to support using this supplement to treat erectile
and it would be worthwhile to try it out. For a list of other natural
remedies used to help with impotence, click here.
as an aphrodisiac and for treating erectile dysfunction, many products
horny goat weed
(epimedium), maca, ginkgo, L-arginine, ginseng, muira
terrestris and vitamins & minerals.
Insufficiency (Addison's Disease)
studies support using this supplement to enhance
well-being, quality of life, sex drive, skin and hair quality, exercise
endurance in those suffering from Addison's disease.
this supplement enhances the quality of the skin, makes it
thicker, moister and reduces skin pigments in older men and
Dysfunction (ED) / Impotence
supplement is shown to enhance orgasm, increase sexual desire and
reduce impotence in men suffering from erectile dysfunction.
For a list
of other natural remedies used to treat ED, click here.
Lupus Erythematosus (SLE)
research studies, taking this supplement while on standard therapy for
SLE reduces the severity of the disease and the number of flare-ups.
Patients reported being able to reduce the dose of their standard
studies show that this supplement can lessen depression and improve the
feeling of well-being.
Loss / Obesity
trials seem to show that taking this supplement helps with weight loss
in older people who are overweight. This
supplement has been reported to enhance the effect of insulin
and can be useful in helping with weight loss.
Studies were done using 50 mg daily
dose for 6 months. However,
research studies had conflicting results.
/ Libido in Female
One study involving 16 women (L. Hackbert, 2002)
that a single 300 mg dose of this supplement 60 minutes prior to
exposure to sexual images increased mental and physical sexual response.
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results from research studies are mixed. Some show benefits and other
do not. More research will be required to see if taking this supplement
chronic fatigue syndrome.
/ Fertility Enhancement
is some evidence that taking this supplement may help with ovulation
problems. It may help with infertility for female wishing to conceive.
However, more research studies will be required to find out exactly how
effective this is compared to using prescription medications such as
Clomid or Serophene.
studies suggests that this supplement can be used to induce labor. We
not advise pregnant female to attempt this without medical supervision.
studies were done to see if taking this supplement helps with treating
symptoms such as
pain, osteoporosis, hot flashes, mood disorders and decreased libido
during menopause. It has been suggested as a suitable alternative to
hormone replacement therapy (HRT).
the treatment of menopause symptoms, this supplement may be helpful.
Some studies show positive results while other shows no benefit. The
results are mixed and additional
studies will be required for more accurate results.
|Fibromyalgia - Probably Not
supplement does not help reduce the symptoms of fibromyalgia such as
pain, fatigue and mood.
Disease/Dementia - Probably Not
are mixed and highly variable. It is difficult to come to any clear
conclusions for using this supplement.
Muscle Strength - Probably Not
supplement does not improve muscle strength or muscle mass in the
the Immune System
- Probably Not
is suggested that DHEA might be used to stimulate the immune system.
However, research studies conducted does not seem to show this benefit.
It is a
produced by the adrenal glands and the liver in our body. It is also
produced by the testis in men. Our body uses it to make the male and
sex hormones (testosterone and estrogen).
DHEA is an important part of many of our body's physiological
functions. It is called “The mother of all hormones”. The body uses it
to maintain our immune system and to build our sex hormones. It also
plays a role in our general levels of mood and well-being. Stress seems
to reduce our production of this natural hormone.
deficiency in this hormone may be the cause of many health problems. It
has been suggested high levels of DHEA-S is associated with a better
immune function. However,
more research will be required before we can come to a clear conclusion.
is often used to build muscle for bodybuilding. However, the research
studies show that this supplement has no effect in increasing muscle
mass or strength.
is a very large selection of manufacturers. Many natural products
containing DHEA are marketed to maintain youth and used in
increasing muscle mass, as an anti-aging product or to treat female
is the form our body stores DHEA. This hormone, which is not active, is
converted by our body to androgens and estrogens. DHEA level reaches a
maximum at around the age of 20, and then goes down after the
Research studies have shown that people have lower than
normal levels if they have the following disease:
- kidney disease
- diabetes (type 2, non-insulin dependent)
- chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS)
- adrenal insufficiency
it is converted to androgens and estrogens, some experts believe that
taking this supplement may increase the risk of prostate and breast
cancers. The dangers of using this supplement are unclear
as some research studies show that it might protect
Benefits and Traditional Uses
- Addison's disease (adrenal insufficiency)
- Alzheimer's disease
- andropause (in male)
- cervical cancer
- chronic fatigue syndrome
- Crohn's disease
- enhance fertility / infertility treatment
- enhance immune system
dysfunction / impotence
- hair loss
- heart failure
- improve or increase memory
- increase muscle strength and mass
- induction of labor
- liver protection
- menopause symptoms
- multiple sclerosis
- ovulation dysfunction
- Parkinson's disease
- premenstrual syndrome
- rheumatoid arthritis (RA)
- systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)
- weight loss / obesity
- menopause symptoms
- increase sex
drive in women
Some of the side effects of taking this supplement include fatigue,
headache, hair loss,
increased sweating, nausea, stomach ache, acne or nasal congestion.
For female using this supplement, it has been suggested that it may
cause deepening of the
voice, hair growth, emotional disturbances, headache and insomnia.
This supplement has been reported to change thyroid, cholesterol and
adrenal levels. However, a recently completed well-designed
involving 93 postmenopausal women showed that taking this 50 mg of this
supplement for 52 weeks had no effect on cholesterol levels, insulin
effects and changes in menstruation.
this supplement at the dose of 25 to 100 mg daily will not cause many
side effects. Dosage of 200 mg daily may produce slightly more side
- This supplement has been used safely in research study projects up to
2 years. However, Taking high doses of this supplement for long periods
time may be unsafe. As it is a hormone, it is possible that it
raise hormone levels beyond normal expected levels in healthy people.
and Lactation -
Possibly unsafe. As it is a hormone, it may affect the fetus, interfere
with normal pregnancy or the nursing infants. Avoid using if possible.
Health Condition Interactions
- Theoretical / Not likely to be affected
A review of
research papers showed that this
supplement is suspected to decrease the effectiveness of insulin (known
as insulin resistance). Current research (Basu, et al., 2007) does not
support this event even after 2 years of use.
To be on the safe side, monitor your blood sugar levels more
when starting or stopping this herb. You may need adjustment of your
diabetic medications such as Glucophage, Diabeta, Avandia, Actos,
Diamicron and others. Consult with your family doctor if this
Disorder / Clotting Disorder - Use with caution
studies suggest that this supplement may increase the risk of blood
clots. If you are currently taking medications such as Aspirin, Plavix,
Coumadin or Aggrenox, discuss this with your family doctor first before
starting this supplement.
Disease - Avoid using if possible
is researched information that this supplement can make an existing
worst. Avoid using if possible or consult your family doctor.
Sensitive to Hormones - Avoid using if possible.
theory, this supplement may increase the risk of breast, uterine,
ovarian and prostate cancer. If you have any of these or other similar
conditions, you should avoid taking DHEA.
to Take It
This herb is
available as a capsule, tablet or liquid formulation. There is no
standard dosage for this herb. The dosage range provided comes from the
dose used in research studies.
Typically, the dose is 25 to 50 mg daily taken for treating erectile
dysfunction (ED) and menopausal symptoms.
For Alzheimer's disease (AD), dosage of 50 mg twice daily has been used.
Higher dosage of 200 mg daily has been taken for treating systemic
lupus erythematosus (SLE) for up to 12 months. This dose was
generally well tolerated.
can be chemically made from soy and wild yam. However, our body cannot
make DHEA from the soy and wild yam that we eat in our diet.
It is thought that micronized version
allows for better absorption into our body. Buy the pure pharmaceutical
grade supplements when possible from
reputable online companies.
A 10% vaginal
cream has been used to treat vaginal symptoms in
(Through the skin)
supplement is available as a 1 to 5% topical cream or gel formulation.
It is marketed by various manufacturers to enhance sexual pleasure,
cure erectile dysfunction and help with weight loss.
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