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DHEA Supplement Information

DHEA Information: What Is DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone)

DHEA is a weak androgen* produced in the adrenal glands, and it's one of the main precursors of testosterone. You may have heard that DHEA is 2 steps away from testosterone. What this means is just that DHEA first converts into either Androstenedione or Androstenediol, which is then converted into testosterone. Hence, it's 2 steps from testosterone. However, these can go through further conversion to prouce estrogens estrone and estradiol.

With age, DHEA levels can decline up to 90%, and it peaks in your 20's. Because DHEA is a main precursor of testosterone, it's often used to boost sex hormone levels, and used by athletes to boost testosterone levels. Studies have shown that supplementing 50-100mg of DHEA per day helped increase muscle mass and improve overall health condition in 40 to 70 year old subjects.

DHEA Supplement and DHEA Research

Many athletes use DHEA to increase androgen levels such as androstenedione and testosterone; however, its effectiveness as an anabolic agent still lacks thorough and long term research. Despite this, there have been some research which had shown DHEA to have some anabolic and anti-catabolic effects.

In a study done by Medical College of Virginia, male participants weighing 170lbs with 16% body fat took 1600mg of DHEA per day for 4 weeks. The DHEA group did not change in body weight but their body fat percentage decreased by 31% down to 11%, and gained the lost fat weight in lean muscle mass. The placebo group show little or no improvements in body fat to lean mass ratio.

Don't be fooled though... In a similar study done at the University of Rochester, a group of healthy men took 1600mg of DHEA for 4 weeks, but the researchers found no improvement in body fat to lean mass composition, suggesting that DHEA did not help lose fat and gain muscle.

So what's the verdict on DHEA? Does it work or not? Researchers believe that DHEA has more positive and noticeable effects on older individuals who naturally have lower levels of DHEA. Take a look:

In a study done by University of California, 30 participants with average age of 54 took 50mg of DHEA per day for 3 months. At the end of the research, they found no changes in composition of body fat and lean body mass, or metabolism. However, most of the participants had an improved sense of well being. They reported better sleep, more energy, and better ability to handle stress.

DHEA Supplement Verdict

So what's my view on DHEA? From the DHEA research results, there's little evidence to support or qualify extensive use of DHEA supplements to help you lose fat and gain muscle. It lacks extensive research to prove it to be an effective supplement with noticeable anabolic effects.

Especially when you consider the fact that in the first two studies above, the subjects took 1600mg of DHEA per day, whereas normal DHEA supplements contain only 50 to 100mg. So in short, the studies used 16 times as much dosage to generate some noticeable effects of DHEA on body fat composition, and even then, there are studies contradicting the positive results.

If you're thinking of taking DHEA to help gain muscles and lose fat, think again. On the plus side, most studies have shown supplementing DHEA to give a boost in DHEA levels in older individuals. Even though DHEA had little effect on body fat composition, it did significantly improve the participants' overall sense of well being.

If you're planning on buying DHEA, purchase online and save a few bucks.