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What is DHEA?

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DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a hormone that your adrenal glands make. Levels of DHEA naturally drop after age 30. Some people take DHEA supplements for health benefits and to prevent some illnesses. However, the evidence tha it works is mixed.

Because DHEA is a powerful hormone, children or for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding shouldn't take it.

From: DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:  Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center web site: "About Herbs: Dehydroepiandrosterone." National Institute on Aging: "Pills, Patches, and Shots: Can Hormones Prevent Aging?" Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: "DHEA." Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "DHEA."



Reviewed by David Kiefer on November 16, 2016

SOURCES:  Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center web site: "About Herbs: Dehydroepiandrosterone." National Institute on Aging: "Pills, Patches, and Shots: Can Hormones Prevent Aging?" Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database web site: "DHEA." Natural Standard Patient Monograph: "DHEA."



Reviewed by David Kiefer on November 16, 2016

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