DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) is an important precursor hormone that achieves its action once it is converted into the male and female sex hormones. In essence, it is the body’s “fuel” for testosterone, estrogen and progestin. As we age, the body is capable of making less and less of these essential hormones but it is possible to boost hormone levels by dietary supplementation of DHEA, thus providing sufficient “fuel” for the body to create enough of the sex hormones we need for metabolic balance.
In addition, there is increasing evidence that DHEA plays an important role in the immune system. One mechanism that has been proposed is that DHEA binds to receptors in the cells lining our blood vessels, thus for example reducing risk of atherosclerosis.