Anti-aging one day at a time
DHEA, also known as dehydroepiandrosterone, is the most abundant prohormone in the body. As a natural pro-hormone, it occurs only in humans and upper level primates.
DHEA was first identified in 1931 by Dr. Adolf Butenandt, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1939. Frequently called the anti-aging hormone, DHEA is a base for more than 50 hormones that are smaller or more specific carbon chain molecules in human biochemistry. As a precursor of all estrogenic and androgenic hormones, humans make DHEA naturally from birth. Men and women produce more and more DHEA every year until about age 25, when levels are at their peak. After age 25, DHEA levels begin to decline at a rate of about two percent per year thereafter.
What does DHEA do?
One of the primary roles for DHEA is a base hormone precursor. Low DHEA is correlated to many diseases of aging, such as cardiovascular disease, cancer, osteoporosis, depression and dementia.
DHEA promotes tissue formation after exercise, and counterbalances the inflammatory effects of cortisol. So it helps reduce soreness after workouts, and helps rebuild muscle, cartilage and bone. DHEA also serves as a base for sebum (skin oil), protecting skin cells from both UV and chemical carcinogens. In addition, DHEA stimulates formation of connective tissue and cartilage and improves bone strength.
-Energy, focus and mental acuity
-Lean muscle tone
-Libido and sexual performance
-Deep REM sleep
-Softer, more hydrated skin
-Risk of Cancer
-Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
-Poor quality sleep
Available without a prescription, DHEA is safe; and not addictive or habit forming. DHEA should be used as a topical skin cream by people 35 years and older, rather than in pill form. When taken orally as a pill, most DHEA is eliminated by the liver before it can be effective. It is also not possible to eat any particular foods to increase DHEA. For greatest benefit, those who are 35 years or older should apply Twist 25 DHEA cream morning and evening by rubbing it in each day on thin hairless skin.