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What are DHEA supplements?

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DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a hormone produced by your body's adrenal glands. These are glands just above your kidneys. DHEA supplements can be made from wild yam or soy. Scientists don't know everything DHEA does. But they do know that it functions as a precursor to male and female sex hormones, including testosterone and estrogen. Precursors are substances that are converted by the body into a hormone. DHEA production peaks in your mid-20s. In most people, production gradually declines with age. Testosterone and estrogen production also generally declines with age. DHEA supplements can increase the level of these hormones. That's why a number of claims have been made about their potential health benefits.

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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