Is DHEA Safe?
DHEA is a naturally occurring pro-hormone. It is the most abundant pro-hormone in the body. DHEA is a base building block for hormones we produce. %0 hormones use DHEA as a precursor. The body makes DHEA and pregnenolone from cholesterol. Why would something the body produces be harmful.
No medical research studies of DHEA have shown any dangerous or harmful effects. Low levels of DHEA are associated with greater risks of cardiovascular disease, cancer, type II diabetes, obesity and dementia. Higher levels of DHEA are associated with lower risks of cardiovascular disease, cancer, type II diabetes, obesity and dementia.
“The marked decline in serum dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) with age is believed to play a role in health problems associated with aging, these health issues being potentially preventable or reversible by the exogenous administration of DHEA.”
(Labrie F, Belanger A, Belanger P, Berube R, Martel C, Cusan L, Gomez J, Candas B, Chaussade V, Castiel I, Deloche C., Leclaire J. “Metabolism of DHEA in postmenopausal women following percutaneous administration”. Journal of Steroid Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Feb 2007 pp 178-88)
So the majority of research studies of “DHEA” administered via oral DHEA supplements and consequently showed little benefit to “DHEA”(Sulfate) were not testing DHEA with the proper method of administration.