DHEA is a hormone naturally produced by the kidneys, but can be obtained from soy or yam to be used as a supplement, which can be used to slow aging, facilitate weight loss and prevent the loss of muscle mass, as it helps in the production of other sex hormones, such as testosterone and estrogen.
DHEA reaches its maximum amount at 20 years and then have its concentration decreased over time. So, the doctor may recommend the use of the supplement DHEA, whose amount varies according to the purpose of the use and need of the person.
Supplements of DHEA can be purchased in natural food stores, pharmacies conventional and some supermarkets, in the form of capsules as 25, 50 or 100 mg of a few brands such as GNC, MRM, Natrol, or Finest Nutrition, for example.
The price of the supplement DHEA varies according to the dose of the supplement, concentration of hormone and quantity of capsules in the package, which may vary between R$ 80 and R$ 200,00.
The supplement DHEA is indicated in the case of hormonal dysfunctions, and is usually recommended by the doctor with the aim of keeping hormone levels checked, especially testosterone and estrogen. Thus, any function that depends on the level of estrogen or testosterone may be affected by the supplement DHEA. In this way, the add-in can be used to:
- Fight the signs of aging;
- Keep the muscle mass;
- Prevent hypertension, diabetes and osteoporosis;
- Increase libido;
- Avoid the impotence.
In addition, DHEA may act by improving the immune system, controlling cholesterol levels, and ensuring greater energy to perform the activities of day-to-day.
How to take DHEA
The amount of the supplement DHEA should be determined by the doctor according to the purpose and need of the person. In women, it can be recommended to use 25 to 50 mg supplement, while that in men 50 to 100 mg, however this amount may vary according to the brand of the supplement and concentration per capsule.
Contraindications and side effects
DHEA is a hormone, so it is important that its use is made in accordance with the guidance of the doctor. The use of the supplement DHEA is not recommended for pregnant women, breastfeeding women, and children, not to be that is recommended by the general practitioner or endocrinologist.
The indiscriminate use of DHEA can greatly increase the levels of sex hormones in the body, which may lead to changes in the voice, and menstrual cycle, hair loss, and hair growth on the face, in the case of women, and in the case of men, increasing of breasts, and the sensitivity in the region, for example.
In addition, the excessive use of DHEA can result in insomnia, emergence of acne, abdominal pain, increased cholesterol and change in the heartbeat.