It has been investigated widely for its possible therapeutic effects in a range of conditions.
Sometimes called the “super hormone” and the “fountain of youth hormone,” DHEA is a complex substance that leaves many unanswered questions.
The human body naturally makes DHEA. It can convert into a range of hormones, including androgens and estrogens, the male and female sex hormones.
DHEA is also available in supplements, made synthetically using chemicals found in soy and wild yam. However, consuming wild yam or soy will not enable the human body to make more DHEA.
DHEA supplements claim to help with a range of conditions, including sexual dysfunction, lupus, depression, adrenal insufficiency, cervical cancer, vaginal atrophy, and weight loss. Some research supports its use.
However, DHEA’s effectiveness is controversial and rarely supported by evidence. In addition, the quality of products on sale is not always consistent.