DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) which is made from cholesterol is naturally produced by your adrenal glands. The adrenal glands (also known as suprarenal glands) are endocrine glands that produce a wide variety of hormones. They are found on the top of the kidneys and consist of a number of different layers that directly influence the structure and function of the glands. Primarily DHEA is found in your brain. The average adult makes about 25 mg of DHEA per day and the production is highest in your 20’s and it is no surprise that DHEA decreases with age.
Although many supporters claim that DHEA is a miracle supplement athletes should be aware that it is on the US Olympic Committee and NCAA’s banned substances list. DHEA can enhance sex drive, mood, and memory and boost immunity against many infectious diseases including AIDS.
So what are the main benefits of supplementing with DHEA?
- Bone Density: Since your strength will increase you will effectively be able to lift more weights. It is scientifically proven that weight bearing exercises build bone density.
- Fat loss on those tough to trim areas: DHEA is shown to trim visceral fat (abdominal fat) when taken in conjunction with a diet and exercise program
- Better Mood: Studies show that supplementing with 25mg of DHEA can counteract feelings of depression and moodiness.
If the above sounds too much for you another alternative to DHEA is 7-keto. There are many fat burners that will contain 7-keto, as it does not convert to the sex hormones (estrogen and testosterone) as DHEA does. 7-keto has been shown to be easily tolerated by most and also provides many of the same benefits.
As with any supplementation please contact your physician before starting a new routine.