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Dehydroepiandrosterone, written as DHEA, is a natural steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands of the body. DHEA  is a powerful precursor of major male and female sex hormones, and it also plays the role of ‘mother’ hormone. DHEA helps people to improve the sexual wellness, fight depression, reduce weight, etc. The production of DHEA is maximum at  the age of 20 and declines with the age.


  • DHEA is a critical component in maintaining hormonal balance in the body. It helps in providing sexual wellness in the body as it acts as a precursor to the sex hormones
  • DHEA helps in fighting depression
  • It gives a boost to the immunity of the body and also provides strength to muscles and bones of the body, therefore is said to reduce the aging process
  • Weight loss is an area where DHEA is effective
  • DHEA presence in the body helps fight depression as it improves mood and memory

Natural Sources of DHEA
DHEA is produced by the body itself, food sources containing DHEA are not discovered yet. Wild yam or soy are used to make DHEA supplements in laboratories as they contain some substance similar to DHEA.Therefore, if you want to consume a good amount of DHEA, then these sources are the best.

When Should You Take DHEA
It is always advisable to take DHEA supplements or any other natural supplements  after consulting the doctor or healthcare provider. Some people take DHEA supplements in older age as the natural production of DHEA starts to decrease after the age of 30. Although, men have more DHEA than women.

When should you avoid DHEA
There are few risks associated with the regular or high intake of DHEA in the body. It  may cause therisk of hair loss, increase in size of the breast, increase in skin disorder like acnes and pimples and prolonged usage may result in cancer or tumor formation.

Quantity of DHEA to be taken
The quantity and dosage are decided by the doctor or the health care expert only depending upon the medical and health conditions. An adult body produces about 20 milligrams of DHEA on an average per day; therefore, it is advisable to take 20 to 25 milligram of DHEA per day after the consultation.

Expert Tips/Precautions

  • DHEA is associated with aging and other diseases resulting in greater chances of death, if the level is low in the body.