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How to Increase DHEA Effects

By Colleen Meheen

DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is an endogenous hormone created naturally within the human body that serves as a precursor to sex hormones, as defined by the Mayo Clinic. This hormone can decrease in the body after age 30 but can be supplemented through tablets, creams, injections or capsules. Extended research is still being undertaken to validate the effects and safety of supplemental DHEA. Increasing the effects of DHEA through combining it with other supplements may result in higher DHEA levels within the blood, suggests BodyBuildingForYou.com.

Take chromium picolinate as directed on the bottle. Chromium picolinate may increase blood DHEA levels, suggests Medline Plus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. According to the Mayo Clinic and Medline Plus, studies of supplemental DHEA are still under way as to its overall positive and negative side effects, therefore caution is advised when supplementing with extra dosage amounts.

Cycle your intake of DHEA supplements as you would any other prohormone, which is a steroid that is converted to an active hormone by metabolism. Take anywhere from 50 mg to 100 mg of supplemental DHEA for three to four weeks, then stop using the supplement for two to three weeks. Do not exceed 100 mg of DHEA.

Walk, run, swim and lift weights while supplementing with DHEA. Physical activity helps regulate the body's hormones and will work in conjunction with the effects of DHEA. Sustaining the amounts of natural DHEA will also be easier with consistent exercise into your 30s and throughout your life.

Warnings

No studies on the long-term effects of DHEA have been conducted. DHEA can cause higher than normal levels of androgens and estrogens in the body, and theoretically may increase the risk of prostate, breast, ovarian and other hormone-sensitive cancers, according to the Mayo Clinic. Therefore, DHEA is not recommended for regular use without supervision by a licensed health professional.

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