DHEA, or dehydroepiandrosterone, is a hormone that naturally exists in our bodies that converts into major male and female hormones, mainly testosterone. DHEA is not only a natural hormone, but also a popular supplement that can affect the levels of other hormones in your body. DHEA has been called the ‘super hormone’ and the ‘fountain of youth hormone’, so its popularity as a supplement comes as no surprise.
While the hormone does occur naturally in your body, DHEA levels decrease as you age and this decrease has been associated with several diseases such as heart disease, depression, and mortality. In fact, its been estimated that DHEA levels decrease by 80% throughout adulthood. Our bodies produce peak amounts of DHEA in our 20s and 30s, then the decline begins. This is why DHEA is considered an important chemical in the anti-aging process, and a target for anti-aging products.