DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone)


Actions/Claims:

DHEA is claimed to prevent or slow the aging process; promote weight loss; prevent heart disease; prevent or alleviate Alzheimer's disease; combat AIDS, lupus and some cancers.

Research Results:

Studies on weight loss, certain cancers, and immunity are still in the early research stage, with work primarily completed on animals. Studies on aging, lupus, and as a postmenopausal replacement therapy have been completed on only small numbers of individuals. At this time, not enough evidence exits to support the claims.

Cautions:

Liver cancer occurred in rats that had been given DHEA. Supplementation can lead to increased insulin resistance, the growth of unwanted hair and a drop in HDL (good) cholesterol levels.

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