Combat The Effects of Ageing...NOW
DHEA combats ageing as it has a role in:
- mental functioning including mood, memory and sex drive
- cardiovascular function, cholesterol levels and cancer prevention
- auto-immune system disorders
- immune function
- managing stress
DHEA is short for dehydroepiandrosterone, the most abundant hormone in the bloodstream. On demand it is converted into active hormones such as oestrogen, testosterone, cortisone and progesterone. The decline in DHEA in the body is the most reliable indicator of ageing and susceptibility to disease. Most researchers agree to retard ageing and prevent disease, DHEA must be maintained at levels found in people in their 20’s which researchers estimate at between 10 and 15 mg daily, (although some scientists have estimated higher levels).
By age 70 we only make a quarter of the amounts made in our prime, and levels in women are generally lower, (there is a even sharper decline in women after menopause since the ovaries also make DHEA).
Studies have found DHEA supplements can re-energise older people and reverse some diseases. It is not quite a “fountain of youth” but it makes many older people be much more youthful. Taking DHEA is similar to women taking oestrogen-replacement therapy (HRT) to look and feel younger, except it can have a positive and invigorating effect on both sexes.
Some Specific Benefits
- DHEA increases levels of sex hormones, such as oestrogen and testosterone
- DHEA increases muscle tissue, helps reduce appetite and weight gain, and decreases fat.
- DHEA inhibits the oxidation of LDL’s (bad cholesterol) reducing over 90% of free radicals.
- DHEA inhibits the development of tumours of the breast, lung, colon, skin, lymphatic and other tissue.
- DHEA protects against enzyme processes responsible for plaque formation in the arteries - major contributory factors in heart disease.
Men - In men DHEA is helpful in rejuvenating libido. Of 17 hormones measured in research only one was consistently lower in impotent men and that was DHEA.
Women - In women it naturally increases oestrogen levels. Astudy showed women taking DHEA had a 16-20% decrease in the risk of developing heart disease.
Our body makes lots of DHEA in the early (pre-dawn) morning, and production drops dramatically throughout the day. It is best taken first thing in the morning upon waking to act in sync with the body’s natural production.