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DHEA Benefits, Uses and  Side Effects

What is DHEA?

DHEA, dehydroepiandrosterone, is an adrenal steroid hormone in the body. It is made by the adrenal glands and is then converted to androgens, estrogens and other hormones. These are the hormones that regulate fat and mineral metabolism, sexual and reproductive function, and energy levels. DHEA levels increase until our mid to late 20′s then gradually start to decline. Production in the body may also decrease with the use of certain medications such as insulin and corticosteroids.

What are the benefits of DHEA?

According to the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database,

DHEA is stated to be possibly effective for these conditions:

  1. Aging Skin – Taking DHEA orally seems to increase epidermal thickness, sebum production, skin hydration, and decrease facial skin pigmentation in elderly men and women
  2. Erectile Dysfunction – Taking DHEA orally for 24 weeks seems to improve ED, orgasmic function, sexual desire, and overall sexual satisfaction in men with erectile dysfunction secondary to hypertension. It may not be as beneficial in those with diabetes or neurological conditions.
  3. Osteoporosis – Taking DHEA orally 50-100 mg per day seems to improve bone mineral density (BMD) in older women and men with osteoporosis or osteopenia.
  4. Schizophrenia – Taking DHEA orally seems to improve both negative and positive symptoms in patients with schizophrenia. It may be more effective in women than in men.
  5. Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) – Taking DHEA orally in conjunction with conventional treatment may help reduce SLE disease activity, frequency of flare-ups, and corticosteroid doses needed.

DHEA is also thought to contribute to a sense of well-being when used by those with adrenal and/or androgen insufficiency. In one placebo-controlled trial, DHEA supplementation for a 6 month period supported healthy physical and psychological outlook in men and women at ages 40-70 years. It may also support lean body mass in men and postmenopausal women. In another study, DHEA supplementation supported healthy male sexual function.

What are the side effects of DHEA?

Possible side effects include hair loss, hair growth on the face (in women), aggressiveness, irritability and increased levels of estrogen. Calcium channel blockers may increase DHEA levels and supplementation should be avoided by those using calcium channel blockers. DHEA should not be used if pregnant or nursing, by those under the age of 18 or used by those with healthy levels of DHEA. Anyone with a history of hormone-related cancer should definitely avoid DHEA due to the probability of increased estrogen levels. Anyone with liver problems or disease should avoid DHEA supplementation.

DHEA supplementation can certainly be beneficial but it is highly recommended to consult with a healthcare professional before supplementing and it should be monitored regularly with lab work. There are several different strengths of DHEA from 2 Mg, 5 Mg, 10 Mg, 25 Mg, 50 Mg and 100 Mg – always use the lowest dose appropriate for you. View a variety of options including sublingual drops, and buy DHEA here.

If you don’t feel DHEA is appropriate for you, it may be possible to increase the bodies natural production with regular exercise and Calorie restriction. Calorie restriction is associated with a longer life span and the increase in DHEA production may be partially responsible.

An alternative is 7-keto (3beta-acetyl-7-oxo-DHEA), a DHEA metabolite. Dr. Oz called 7-keto a “belly-blasting supplement“. 7-keto has many of the same benefits with the exception that it does not convert to sex hormones in the body. 7- keto DHEA will not convert to DHEA and will not raise blood levels of DHEA in the body. In a double-blind, placebo controlled study by The Chicago Center for Clinical Research results indicate that 3beta-acetyl-7-oxo-DHEA is safe and well tolerated in normal healthy men at doses up to 200 mg/d for 4 weeks.

The Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database does state that, “There is preliminary evidence that 7-keto-DHEA might significantly decrease body weight and fat composition in obese females. More evidence is needed to rate 7-keto for this use.” It also appears that 7-keto may support thyroid function by increasing T3 levels in obese patients.

If you think 7-keto might be for you, you can buy 7-Keto now. Again, do your research, consult with your healthcare practitioner and use the lowest dose appropriate for you.

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GNC Mega Men® DHEA Vitapak®

GNC Mega Men® DHEA Vitapak® - GNC - GNC

                             30 pack(s)

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  • High potency, no iron multivitamin clinically proven to increase vitality*
  • Features 25 mg of DHEA to support health & wellness*
  • Enhanced energy formula to boost metabolism*
  • Specialized saw palmetto formula to promote prostate health*

GNC Mega Men® DHEA Vitapak® Program is physician endorsed by Frank J. Costa, M.D., an internationally acclaimed urological surgeon, men's health expert, and a member of the GNC Medical Advisory Board.
"Mega Men® DHEA Vitapak® Program includes premium ingredients to provide high potency nutritional support for men over 40. It suppies 25 mg of DHEA which is necessary to support optimal health, saw palmetto for prostate health, a clinically proven multivitamin and a prowerful energy enhancer. I highly recommend this product for men over 40 who are seeking a total nutritional support program." – Frank J. Costa, M.D.Why Should I Use Mega Men® DHEA Vitapak® Program?
Mega Men® DHEA Vitapak® Program is a complete nutritional plan that provides men over 40 with a convenient way to achieve their daily nutritional goals in one convenient pak. The components of this program- GNC's clinically proven Mega Men® multivitamin, DHEA, metabolism enhancing Energy Formula and Saw Palmetto Formula- are specially formulated to provide high potency support and enhance energy.*

How Can Mega Men® DHEA Vitapak® Program Benefit Me?
As you age your body changes and DHEA naturally declines, Mega Men® DHEA Vitapak® Program supports DHEA and other premium ingredients for total nutritional support.*

How Does Mega Men® DHEA Vitapak® Program Work?Each serving of Mega Men® DHEA Vitapak® Program includes the following components to help you achieve your daily nutritional goals:

  • Mega Men® - This clinically studied, powerful no iron multivitamin supports overall health and wellness. It includes a potent complex of B-vitamins which are essential for metabolism support and energy production.*
  • DHEA 25 - DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) is one of the most abundant hormones produced in the body and is a precursor to other hormones. DHEA 25 can help support your DHEA levels, which decline as the body matures.*
  • Energy Formula - This metabolism enhancing formula combines standardized guarana with panax ginseng, rhodiola and yerba mate boost energy levels and support mental alertness.*
  • Saw Palmetto Formula – This formula blends lycopene and saw palmetto to help support prostate health and normal, healthy urinary flow.* Also contains zinc which is required for normal reproductive function.*

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease

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  • High potency, no iron multivitamin clinically proven to increase vitality*
  • Features 25 mg of DHEA to support health & wellness*
  • Enhanced energy formula to boost metabolism*
  • Specialized saw palmetto formula to promote prostate health*

GNC Mega Men® DHEA Vitapak® Program is physician endorsed by Frank J. Costa, M.D., an internationally acclaimed urological surgeon, men's health expert, and a member of the GNC Medical Advisory Board.
"Mega Men® DHEA Vitapak® Program includes premium ingredients to provide high potency nutritional support for men over 40. It suppies 25 mg of DHEA which is necessary to support optimal health, saw palmetto for prostate health, a clinically proven multivitamin and a prowerful energy enhancer. I highly recommend this product for men over 40 who are seeking a total nutritional support program." – Frank J. Costa, M.D.Why Should I Use Mega Men® DHEA Vitapak® Program?
Mega Men® DHEA Vitapak® Program is a complete nutritional plan that provides men over 40 with a convenient way to achieve their daily nutritional goals in one convenient pak. The components of this program- GNC's clinically proven Mega Men® multivitamin, DHEA, metabolism enhancing Energy Formula and Saw Palmetto Formula- are specially formulated to provide high potency support and enhance energy.*

How Can Mega Men® DHEA Vitapak® Program Benefit Me?
As you age your body changes and DHEA naturally declines, Mega Men® DHEA Vitapak® Program supports DHEA and other premium ingredients for total nutritional support.*

How Does Mega Men® DHEA Vitapak® Program Work?Each serving of Mega Men® DHEA Vitapak® Program includes the following components to help you achieve your daily nutritional goals:

  • Mega Men® - This clinically studied, powerful no iron multivitamin supports overall health and wellness. It includes a potent complex of B-vitamins which are essential for metabolism support and energy production.*
  • DHEA 25 - DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) is one of the most abundant hormones produced in the body and is a precursor to other hormones. DHEA 25 can help support your DHEA levels, which decline as the body matures.*
  • Energy Formula - This metabolism enhancing formula combines standardized guarana with panax ginseng, rhodiola and yerba mate boost energy levels and support mental alertness.*
  • Saw Palmetto Formula – This formula blends lycopene and saw palmetto to help support prostate health and normal, healthy urinary flow.* Also contains zinc which is required for normal reproductive function.*

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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Multivitamins May Protect Men Against Cancer

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Multivitamins May Protect Men Against Cancer
Multivitamins May Protect Men Against?Cancer?
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Men taking the multivitamin were diagnosed with 8% fewer cancers overall
Many Westerners are concerned that they may not be getting all the nutrients they need everyday for optimal health, which has made multivitamins a popular choice for many people. Study results on multivitamins often conflict, with some showing benefits, and others finding either no benefit or even potential harm. Now, much-anticipated results from a large, randomized, controlled trial of multivitamins have been released, and this one falls on the side of benefit, showing a modest but significant decrease in cancer occurrence for men who take a basic, daily multivitamin.

The ideal study population

Researchers randomly selected 14,641 male physicians to receive a daily multivitamin-mineral supplement or placebo for approximately 11 years. The physicians were 50 years or older, and 9% had a previous history of cancer. Other factors, including age, height and weight, tobacco and alcohol use, diet, other medications, and family history of cancer were similar in the supplement and placebo groups.

The multivitamin provided around 100% of the daily value for most essential vitamins and minerals, with a few exceptions. It contained no iron, and for vitamins E and B12, the multivitamin provided significantly more than 100% of the daily value. For vitamin K, biotin, calcium, magnesium, and chromium, it provided significantly less than 100%. The supplement contained some additional nutrients, including lutein and lycopene.

Moderate multivitamin, less total cancer

Men taking the multivitamin were diagnosed with 8% fewer cancers overall than men in the placebo group.

There were no significant differences between the supplement and placebo groups in terms of specific cancer types, such as prostate and colorectal cancers. There were no significant differences in the risk of death due to cancer between the two groups.

Finding balance

The study multivitamin was similar to "common," moderate-dose products available in any supermarket or pharmacy. Given that past studies have suggested multivitamins may increase cancer risk, these findings are reassuring. However, according to lead study author Dr. J. Michael Gaziano, "It would be a big mistake for people to go out and take a multivitamin instead of quitting smoking or doing other things that we have a higher suspicion play a bigger role, like eating a good diet and getting exercise."

Keep this in mind as you consider our tips on creating your own cancer risk reduction plan:

  • Be modest. Steer clear of mega-doses, and follow the American Cancer Society's advice: eat a balanced diet, and if you take a supplement, choose a balanced multivitamin that contains no more than 100% of the daily value of most nutrients.
  • Seek the experts. A person's diet may get out of balance for a variety of reasons, such as illness, nutrient depletion or malabsorption caused by a drug, medical condition, food intolerance, or allergy. If this describes you, discuss your diet with your doctor or dietitian to identify specific nutrients that may be missing.
  • Consider context. The study population was healthy, older males, most of whom don't smoke, and many of whom eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly. If you smoke, are obese, or have additional risk factors for cancer, heart disease, or other chronic disease, these findings may not apply to you.
  • Get bang for your buck. Regardless of whether you take a multivitamin, you can never go wrong by adopting basic cancer prevention strategies: avoid tobacco, drink alcohol modestly or not at all, move regularly, eat plenty of vegetables and fruit, use sunscreen consistently, and maintain a healthy body weight.

(JAMA 2012; 308:doi:10.1001/jama.2012.14641) 

 


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