Benefits of DHEA - The Mother Hormone
Hormones have a huge impact on our mental and physical wellbeing, just ask any teenager. As we grow older our bodies change and our hormones can become imbalanced.
One major player in the hormone game is DHEA. Gaining control of your DHEA levels can have major health benefits. So, let’s get you up to speed on the mother of all hormones...
What is DHEA?
DHEA is a naturally occurring hormone synthesized by the adrenal glands. Also known as, the “Mother Hormone”and the “Anti-Aging” hormone.
7-Keto DHEA vs DHEA - What is the difference?
DHEA converts into androgens and estrogens. Androgens are the male hormones comprised of testosterone, androstenedione and dihydrotestosterone. The female hormones, estradiol and estrone, are grouped under estrogens.
7-Keto DHEA is a metabolite of DHEA. It can enhance the immune functioning and helps in reducing body fat, but it does not convert into these two sex-related hormones.
What Are DHEA Benefits?
It is said to slow down the process of aging and improve cognitive function in the elderly. In males, DHEA prevents erectile dysfunction, while in females it decreases the problems related to menopause. DHEA helps in the treatment of systemic lupus erythematosus, osteoporosis, Addison’s disease, schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis and slows down Parkinson’s disease. DHEA is also used by athletes for increasing muscle density.
The side effects of DHEA mainly include hormonal imbalances. That’s why I always recommend doing an ASI (saliva cortisol/DHEA) test to see if you need DHEA.
What Are 7-Keto DHEA Benefits?
7-Keto DHEA is relatively non-toxic to the body, is twice as efficient as DHEA, and it may eliminate or significantly reduce the possible side effects of plain DHEA. So, for immune enhancement and weight loss the 7-keto DHEA is the way to go. But if you’re needing sex hormone productions use DHEA.
Here’s the caveat: cortisol and DHEA are synergistic and when under stress cortisol competes with DHEA and wins every time. The body bypasses making DHEA and makes cortisol (our “fight or flight” hormone) as a priority. So check your cortisol/DHEA status by taking the ASI test.
What Are Good Sources of DHEA & 7-Keto DHEA?