DHEA: Your Body’s Anti-Stress Hormone

You may not realize it, but stress and anxiety have a hormonal connection.

Icall DHEA the “anti-stress hormone.” The most abundant product of the adrenal glands, it helps your body produce hormones like testosterone, estrogen, and progesterone. You have a lot of those hormones when you’re young, but production dwindles with age. By the time you are 65 years old, you’ll only have about 10 percent of the DHEA you had when you were 20.

People with higher levels of DHEA experience:

  • Less stress
  • Reduced body fat
  • Enhanced energy
  • Increased libido
  • A boost in immune system function
  • Sharper memory
  • A reversal of wrinkles and signs of physical aging

It is important to get your DHEA levels checked. Your doctor can do this by performing a simple blood test. Youthful levels of DHEA for men range from 400 to 560. For women, levels range from 350 to 430.

After your levels have been checked, you can determine how much DHEA to take. I often use a starting dose of 10 mg daily. DHEA is absorbed well and can be taken at any time, but is best taken first thing in the morning in order to mimic the natural daily fluctuations in your body’s levels.

DHEA is becoming more popular as a supplement, and I regularly use DHEA therapy at my clinic to treat patients who suffer from lack of energy, depression, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
What’s more, DHEA is very affordable. Surf the Internet and do some comparison shopping. I recently found 300 capsules – at the 10 mg dose – for just $14.99.

[Ed. Note: Dr. Sears is a practicing physician and an expert on heart health. Learn how to apply his winning heart-healthy strategies in The Doctor’s Heart Cure.]

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