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DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone)
By James F. Balch, M.D. and Mark Stengler, N.D.
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Description: DHEA is currently a hormone that is available over the counter. It is the most abundant hormone produced by the adrenal glands. It has several functions, including but not limited to supporting the body's reaction to stress; controlling inflammation; and enhancing the libido, cognitive function, immune modulation, and metabolism. DHEA is a precursor hormone to testosterone and androstenedione.


  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Arthritis
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome
  • Depression
  • Diabetes
  • Erectile dysfunction
  • Heart disease prevention
  • Immune support
  • Inflammatory bowel disease
  • Lupus
  • Menopause
  • Osteoporosis
  • Prednisone withdrawal

Precautions: Too high of a dosage may cause facial hair growth and acne breakout. Pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers should avoid using DHEA. People with an existing cancer should also avoid it.

Dosage: A starting dose of 5 to 15 mg is recommended and is increased depending on the clinical situation and laboratory testing.

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