The Deal About DHEA
The Deal About DHEA
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DHEA stands for dehydroepiandrosterone and is often with DSHEA which stands for Dieterary Supplement Health and Education Act. Fortunately for anyone improving anything from muscle mass and fat loss to health and mood; DHEA's long history of safety and effectiveness has kept it on supplemet store shelves.
DHEA is produced mainly by the adrenal glands, but also by the gonads, the gastrointestinal tract and even the brain in the bodies of men and women. DHEA is the most prevalent hormone circulating in the body because it gets converted in about 20 different hormones, with the two main end products being the sex hormones, testosterone and estrogen. DHEA is not all about the steroid hormones.
The DHEA that is produced by the brain has been shown to have direct effects on brain function and the central nervous system, which can lead to a sharper mind, improved mood and better energy levels. DHEA also may improve insulin sensitivity and aid fat loss.
So would you worry about supplementing with a compound that the body makes on its own? The probelm with our natural DHEA levels is that they start to decline with age. Research shows that DHEA levels peak between 20 and 24 years old and drop steadily after that. Furthermore, age isn't the only thing that lowers DHEA levels. Studies have shown that periods of intense training and physical stress can lead to decreases. By supplementing with DHEA, you can maintain the levels you had in your early 20s and reap all the benefits that higher DHEA levels offer.
So what are the benefits of DHEA? The obvious is enhancing your testosterone levels and also in older men too. Also DHEA will enhance your sex drive and also may increase muscle size through its ability to increase levels of a compound called insulin-like growth factor-1. GF-1 is critical for muscle growth and strength gains in men and women. Also DHEA helps reduce fat as well.
Studies in overweight adults have reported that not only do subjects taking DHEA experience significant fat losses in body fat, but that the majority of the fat comes off from the abdomen/stomach. DHEA also helps reduce Type 2 diabtes by reducing insuiln levelels in the body. If you are older than 25 and train intensely, theres a good chance that your DHEA levels are subpar. Try taking 50-100 milligrams oF DHEA twice per day to boost your testosterone and GF-1 levels, increase muscle size, burn more body fat and improve your general health and well being. Get some today at VITAMIN SHOPPE!
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