DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a hormone produced by the adrenal glands. It is used by the body to make other hormones, including estrogen and testosterone, and is tied to energy levels and a general feeling of well-being.
DHEA levels normally decline with age. Patients often feel much better when their DHEA levels are brought to the mid-normal range consistent with a 29 year old.
As too high a level can cause acne or darkening of facial hair, it is good to have the blood levels monitored by a holistic practitioner. Many products have no effect on raising low blood levels (i.e., do not contain DHEA as they claim), so the forms below are recommended.