Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a naturally occurring steroid hormone precursor synthesized from cholesterol primarily by the adrenal glands, and it is produced in small amounts in the ovaries, the testes, and the brain. DHEA production gradually increases in adolescence, typically peaking between the ages of 20 and 30; then it slowly declines approximately 2% each year until about age 70, when it slows to 10%-20% of the amount encountered in a young adult at peak level.
The body’s DHEA level consists of the combined total of DHEA and its sulfated form DHEA-sulfate (DHEA-S), the most abundant circulating steroid in humans. They are converted via multiple pathways into hormones such as testosterone and estrogen as needed. Supplemental DHEA is aimed at enhancing the DHEA reservoir so that an increased level is available for conversion to androgens, estrogens, and other hormones involved in a wide variety of physiological functions.
Take one tablet twice daily, or as directed by your healthcare professional. Individuals taking medication should discuss potential interactions with their health care professional. Do not use if tamper seal is damaged.