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How can DHEA supplements help with athletic performance?

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DHEA supplements are sometimes used by athletes because of a claim that it can improve muscle strength and enhance athletic performance. That's because DHEA is a "prohormone" -- a substance that can increase the level of steroid hormones such as testosterone. There is little evidence to show that DHEA has any effect on enhancing muscle strength. Its use is banned by sports organizations such as the National Football League, Major League Baseball, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

From: DHEA Supplements WebMD Medical Reference

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MedlinePlus: "DHEA."

National Institute on Aging: "Can We Prevent Aging?"

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Menopausal Symptoms and Complementary Health Practices."

Mayo Clinic: "DHEA."

Vanderbilt University Psychology Department: "DHEA."

The Hormone Foundation: "Supplements, Steroid Precursors, and Adolescent Health."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 11, 2019

SOURCES:

MedlinePlus: "DHEA."

National Institute on Aging: "Can We Prevent Aging?"

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine: "Menopausal Symptoms and Complementary Health Practices."

Mayo Clinic: "DHEA."

Vanderbilt University Psychology Department: "DHEA."

The Hormone Foundation: "Supplements, Steroid Precursors, and Adolescent Health."

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini on February 11, 2019

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