|What is DHEA? (Books
DHEA, (Dehydroepiandrosterone), is a natural hormone produced by our adrenal glands. It is present in larger amounts in healthy individuals and is responsible for manufacturing many of the other hormones of the body. Some of these include the more well-known hormones like estrogen, testosterone, progesterone and cortisone. Since the body produces DHEA and converts it upon demand to fulfill the needs of these hormones in the human body, DHEA is called the mother of all hormones.
How Does DHEA help the aging process?
DHEA is abundant in our bodies at 20 years of age, but levels continue to decrease as we grow older. For instance, at 80 years of age, we only produce 10 to 20% of the amount available in our bodies at 20 years of age. Research has shown that decreasing levels of DHEA in our bodies as we grow older matches the increase in diseases such as cancer, heart disease and Alzheimer's.
How does DHEA affect weight control?
Research at Temple University showed that DHEA is effective in animal weight control by blocking an enzyme called G6PDH (glucose-6-phosphate- dehydrogenase) which is responsible for fat tissue production in addition to promoting cancer cell growth. By blocking this enzyme, DHEA's main benefit is to help burn calories for energy rather than store them as fat.
Enhancing Brain Function
DHEA is found in higher levels in the brain than in the bloodstream. Dr. Eugene Roberts, a scientist in the forefront of his field of research, found that DHEA enhanced the long-term memory of mice. He believes that it may play a similar role in the human brain function and assist in protecting the brain from senility-related conditions such as Alzheimer's disease.
DHEA and the Body's Immune System
It is believed that DHEA stimulates the body's immune system by stimulating the body's lymphocytes, lymphoid organs and immune hormones, protecting it from bacterial and viral infections.
How May it Help Diabetes?
At the Jackson Laboratory in Maine, researchers discovered that by giving DHEA to mice prone to diabetes or obesity, the conditions were completely blocked, without any change in the mice's diets!
Ask your doctor. This information is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice. Learn more about DHEA
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