Houston, TX (PRWEB) May 23, 2013
Hormones drive many aspects of our lives: how we feel, energy levels, mood, muscle tone, fat build-up, sleep quality, sex drive, how productive we are, soft skin and more. Many signs we are getting older are driven by declining hormone levels as we age.
The naturally occurring pro-hormone DHEA, short for dehydroepiandrosterone, is the most abundant foundation or base from which the body makes hormones. Levels of DHEA made by the body gradually increase until about age 25, when we are “in our prime”; and then gradually decrease thereafter. After age 25 people make about 2% less DHEA each year.
So, by age 35 people make approximately 20% less DHEA than when they were 25; and by age 50 people make 50% less DHEA than when they were healthiest. DHEA is a base for estrogen, testosterone, and 50 other hormones. DHEA is also the base for sebum, or skin oil. Most DHEA metabolism actually occurs in the largest organ of the body, the dermis, the skin.
Research studies show that higher levels of DHEA makes people healthier, happier and more productive – People have more energy, get more done and are in a better mood. Now research shows DHEA “has significant anti-depressant effects.
Providing the body with adequate levels of the pro-hormone, DHEA, after age 35 makes sense.
There are many clinical research studies published and available on the web searching “dehydroepiandrosterone depression” showing DHEA helps fight depression. Many of these studies can be found on PubMed. One study performed at the National Institute of Mental Health in Rockville, Maryland concludes that “We find DHEA to be an effective treatment for midlife-onset major and minor depression.” * (see link to article)
Another study performed at University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
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