In today’s world of ‘internet knowledge’ there seems to be 100 differing viewpoints on every topic, issue and supplement. DHEA use in women is no exception. You can read many different articles and find different opinions in each one. From people touting DHEA as a magical cure-all to those who warn of side effects akin to that of steroid misuse. We at HerSuppz are here to help you sift through all of the information and decide whether this should be a staple of your daily regimen or not.
So what exactly is DHEA?
“DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a hormone produced by your body’s adrenal glands. These are glands just above your kidneys. Scientists don’t know everything DHEA does. But, they do know that it functions as a precursor to male and female sex hormones, including testosterone and estrogen. Precursors are substances that are converted by the body into a hormone. DHEA production peaks in your mid-20s. In most people, production gradually declines with age. Testosterone and estrogen production also generally declines with age. DHEA supplements can increase the level of these hormones. That’s why a number of claims have been made about their potential health benefits.”
Why should I take DHEA?
As stated above, DHEA is a precursor for many reactions within the body. Any woman can benefit from supplementing with DHEA, especially if they are weight training, pre or post menopausal, or notice adrenal fatigue (trouble sleeping, dark circles under your eyes, all day grogginess, etc). I usually recommend women to start with 25-50 mg daily and work their way up to 100mg, depending on their tolerance.
What should I worry about when taking DHEA?
We know that DHEA is precursor for over 200 chemical reactions inside the human body. So you may be wondering, how can supplementing with this be negative? Side effects in women such as unwanted hair growth, decrease in breast size, deeper voice, irregular periods, increased genital size, and oily skin can occur. Please note, these side effects are uncommon and usually only seen when taken in high doses and/or for long periods of time. To combat this, I normally recommend my clients take DHEA in 4 week cycles, meaning 4 weeks on and then 4 weeks off. I have found that this also seems to help keep endogenous hormone production in check.
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Saling, Joseph. “DHEA Supplements.” WebMD. Ed. David Kiefer MD. WebMD, 6 Oct. 2014. Web. 20 Mar. 2015. <http://www.webmd.com/diet/dhea-supplements>.
Article written by Nick Peters, who has a Bachelors degree in Kinesiology. Professionally, Nick is the GM of our Suppz stores and a supplement guru. Personally, Nick is engaged to Corie so he thinks he understands women ; ) He enjoys working out and has even competed in physique shows.