The following is intended for informational purposes only, and should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. You should consult with a qualified healthcare provider before making decisions about therapies and/or health conditions.
Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a hormone that comes from the adrenal gland. It is also made in the brain. DHEA leads to the production of androgens and estrogens (male and female sex hormones). Levels in the body begin to decrease after age 30. they also decrease more quickly in women. Lower DHEA levels are found in people with hormonal disorders, Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease and a range of other chronic health conditions. Some medications including Corticosteroids and oral birth control may reduce base DHEA levels over time.
The DHEA api (active pharmaceutical ingredient) is generally sourced from Yam or Soy and because it is not mass produced, compounding pharmacies fit the need and demand. In Australia it is always a prescription only product (S4) and a prescriber will make the patient under take a blood or saliva test to determine how much DHEA currently exists in the body (baseline).
There are a couple of commonly used dosage forms including a capsule and troche. The capsule contains a extended release component which helps to give the product a more consistent release rate and effect throughout the day. The other commonly used dosage form is a troche which dissolves in the mouth and enters the body through the buccal cavity.
Benefits of DHEA usage can include
- Building up the adrenal gland
- Strengthening the immune system
- Slowing natural changes in the body that come with age
- Providing more energy
- Improving mood and memory
- Building up bone and muscle strength
Unfortunately there are not any significant studies which identify the above elements definitively but due to the way that DHEA works it can be assumed that there will be some increase in androgens & estrogens.
If you would like more information on DHEA or other compounded supplements please contact National Custom Compounding on 1300731755 or email us.