What Is DHEA?
DHEA stands for Dehydroepiandrosterone, which is an adrenal steroid hormone that actually circulates blood in a higher concentrate than most steroid hormone.
Men have about 50% of their testosterone from it and women get about 75% of their estrogen from it.
Our bodies contain very high levels of this hormone until young adulthood, but by the age of 75 our levels are 80% lower than in our 20’s.
How Does DHEA Work?
Well enzymes are able to convert DHEA into estrogen and testosterone. And not only that it also has several health benefits.
DHEA helps create a better immune response and the ability to fight other excess cortisol.
And did you know that older people that have higher levels actually are more vigorous and youthful than those who don’t have high levels.
*DHEA actually drops with age and those who implement more of it actually are more youthful after the age of 40.
DHEA And Muscle Gains?
A study done by ACSM, showed that DHEA was converted into testosterone which shows that it actually may provide an enhanced active testosterone boost.
One of the main things that determine how much muscle a person can gain is based on testosterone levels so the more DHEA the more testosterone, the more gains, right?
Well theoretically yes!
DHEA not only is a muscle builder, strength enhancer and fat burner, but also has positive effects on blood sugar, and heart function!
But based on numerous studies done many researchers doubt that people will actually see any significant muscle gains using it.
If anyone below the age of 38 takes DHEA they definitely will not experience positive effects from it, because they’re already producing so much of it!
Don’t forget if you do try to implement this powerful supplement, consult your physician first.
They will make sure your blood levels are tested first so they know exactly how much you’re lacking!
Common dosages actually range in the 20-100mg per day. But always get your blood drawn and see how much is missing from your blood work.
This will help implement the perfect amount you need.
If you’re over the age of 75 than yes DHEA is something your body is lacking, but if you’re under 35 you actually don’t need more in your body.
Always, always, always consult a physician before starting any new supplement. They will help make sure they implement the right dosage rather than just guessing.
And remember it is linked to not only building strength, muscle gains, but also heart function, and memory loss too.
*So before you implement DHEA, reach out to your physician get your blood work done, and see how much is actually already in your body.
And slowly implement about 20-100mg per day or as much as your physician recommends.
And don’t forget to continue exercising, because without your workouts you still won’t see results.
Enjoy your muscle building!