The Superstar of Hormones!
DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone), the superstar of hormones, is a natural steroid hormone made by your body by the adrenal glands. It is metabolized to androstenedione, which is then to converted testosterone. DHEA is extremely important to both men and women, around 50% of all testosterone in men and 75% of all estrogen is created from DHEA. In ones body the levels of dehydroepiandrosterone peaks around the second or third decade of life, after which the decline begins. In men, roughly one-half of DHEA is lost by age 40. Reduced levels of DHEA mean reduced amounts of testosterone, androstenedione and other steroid hormone metabolites. Another interesting fact is that as cholesterol levels increases with age, DHEA levels decrease. As a result, DHEA deficiency is associated with a wide variety of chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure, obesity, coronary artery disease, diabetes, and various immune deficiencies.
DHEA directly affects glucose metabolism. High blood glucose suppresses growth hormone (GH) and low blood glucose stimulates growth hormone. Stimulation of growth hormone is beneficial to DHEA, because it suppresses insulin. By the same token, fasting increases both GH and DHEA. Thus, the importance of DHEA in intense exercise and endurance training can hardly be overemphasized. Bodybuilders, athletes, or anyone else for that matter can have beneficial results from using dehydroepiandrosterone by helping build larger muscles and lowering body fat. Nevertheless, there are many other benefits from using Ultimate Nutrition DHEA as followed:
- Increased Muscle Mass
- Feelings of energy and wellbeing
- Lower obesity/waist-to-hip ratio
- Improved insulin sensitivity and glucose tolerance
- Reduced risk of coronary artery diseases
- Enhanced libido
- Reduced depression and increases cognitive ability