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The Health Benefits of DHEA

What is DHEA?

DHEA or dehydroepiandrosterone is a natural steroid hormone produced by the body. It is produced mainly in the adrenal glands but also by the gonads and the brain.

The levels of DHEA begin to decrease after the age of 30, as do the other hormones testosterone and estrogen. The level of DHEA is also said to be low in individuals with anorexia, type 2 diabetes, kidney disease, and critically ill. Some researchers think that providing the body with DHEA supplements may prevent some diseases and conditions.

This hormone is utilized for improving thinking skills in older people, slowing down the process of aging, and improves well being. It is also used to prevent age related heart disease and metabolic syndrome. Studies have shown that adult men with high plasma levels of DHEA-S are less likely to die of cardiovascular disease. DHEA is also used to ease depression and fatigue as it was shown in research that there was improvement in measures of depression compared to those who were administered a placebo. It is quite promising for the alleviation of non major depression, although more studies need to be done.

Because the levels of this hormone decline with aging, some researchers theorize that using DHEA supplements may help the overall health. Clinical evidence has shown that older individuals had reduced abdominal fat and a decrease in insulin resistance after six months of taking the supplement.

DHEA is also used for improving the immune system. The anti inflammatory properties of DHEA may improve illnesses like nerve problems and certain types of cancer. It is frequently used by those with arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome, certain nerve conditions, and those who want to fight the effects of aging. It is also suggested that it may prevent the growth and recurrence of certain types of cancer, and reduce the risk of osteoporosis in women.

DHEA is applied to the skin or taken by mouth. It may also be combined with vitamin B1 and B12 for proper nerve function, available as a natural neuropathy supplement.



 NeuRx is physician formulated and has been used in my practice for diabetic neuropathy as well as other polyneuropathies and post nerve surgery patients. 

In addition to the thiamine derivative listed above, NeurRx has B12, DHEA and Alpha Lipoic Acid to strengthen the effects and the results have been Wonderful.