The precursor hormone Dehydroepiandrosterone, or DHEA which is less of a mouthful, is essential for both genders in the production of androgens, estrogens and other sex hormones. However, the levels of DHEA that are produced can vary from person to person and can be impacted based on a variety of factors including diet, stress and even age. It is common for DHEA levels to peak at around age 20 in females and age 25 in males. Once the peak is reached there will naturally be a gradual decline, although this decline can be accelerated by chronic stress and an unhealthy lifestyle. This results in a decline in important sex hormones which can lead to a range of symptoms linked to hormone imbalance.
If you are experiencing such symptoms then you may be tempted to use one of the supplemental DHEA products that are available over the counter at drug stores and health food stores. However, these supplements have not been appropriately tested by the FDA and as a result they could potentially be doing more harm than good. For a safer and altogether more effective method of restoring your hormones to their natural balance you should visit a professional consultant to discuss your current DHEA levels and the most appropriate treatment options.