DHEA is often referred to as the “mother-hormone” because it is a precursor to many other hormones and processes in the body. DHEA is also often used as a biological marker to define biological age. If your DHEA levels are lower than the statistical age average, your biological age may be clocked as older than your chronological age.
The importance of DHEA in human body is immense because DHEA hormone is the prime factor in the process of producing sexual hormones in both men and women, which are testosterone and estrogen.
DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is also known as the “mother” of hormonal steroids, produced by the adrenal glands in our body. We have to understand that the basic functionality, bio mechanism and major role of DHEA in our body is to produce sex hormones in men and women and there are also many other key roles involved with DHEA production in our body which creates the right hormonal balance required for good health and internal body system.
Important Roles of DHEA in human body
As we mentioned above, DHEA holds a key role in human body system and plays a crucial role in the reproduction system of both men and women. DHEA’s role is to generate the primary male and female sex hormones which is extremely important to create a balance of hormones in the human body both for your health in general but also for the proper reproduction system.
Diabetes and DHEA
DHEA plays a crucial role for the treatment of diabetes, because increased or decreased levels of DHEA may indicate an imbalance in blood insulin level. So it is important for diabetes patients to keep their DHEA level maintained to make it easier for their body to control their blood sugar level and keep it stable.
DHEA and testosterone – muscle growth
DHEA has its own effects on muscle mass growth for heavy weight lifters and body builders because as a supplement DHEA can stimulate higher testosterone levels which makes it easier to build muscle. High testosterone makes is easier to lift heavy weights and build more muscle mass. So we can say that DHEA is also an important factor in the muscle building process.
DHEA and stress
Generally DHEA levels are on the lower side in people who have history of various diseases or if they are currently suffering with any diseases. This is because the body’s stress response to chronic inflammation will wear out the adrenal glands and reduce their ability to produce DHEA.
If this is the case, you may want to consider a more holistic approach and identify the major stress factors and reducing or eliminating them at the same time as you stimulate and strengthen the adrenals by herbal adaptogen factors like diascorea or schisandra.
Supplementing with DHEA may also be relevant, but if you do this without dealing with the causal factors as well, it may prove to only be a temporary solution to your health- or lack of energy problems.
DHEA and depression
However, DHEA is also used for the treatment of various health conditions such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, depression, HIV and lupus. According to a recent research conducted on DHEA use for HIV/AIDS patients, it helps them to cure depression and also increase their energy level. In rare cases it is also reported that DHEA doses can help HIV patients to strengthen their immune system.
Of course there are also other factors involved, and you should always consider a holistic approach to you treat the whole system and not only the symptoms.