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DHEA – The Real Story – by Dr Joseph Debe

If you are presently taking or considering taking DHEA, please read this article. Many important facts about DHEA are not widely known or presented in the media. Like most compounds that have the potential for doing good, DHEA also has the potential to do harm.

First, let’s look at what DHEA is, what effects it has in the body, and how it becomes depleted. DHEA is an abbreviation for dehydroepiandrosterone. It is a hormone made primarily by the adrenal or stress glands. Hormones are messenger molecules that influence the function of cells and tissues all over the body. DHEA and cortisol are the body’s long-acting stress hormones and are antagonistic to each other to some degree. Whereas DHEA has an anabolic or building influence, cortisol has a catabolic or tearing down effect on the body. Both of these effects are essential and these two hormones must be in proper balance for optimal health. How do these hormones become imbalanced? By stress maladaptation.

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