Food for Your Hormones…Unicty DHEA

Unicity’s DHEA is NOT the hormone itself. It is a precursor that your body requires to manufacture it’s own DHEA.

DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is a hormone that’s naturally produced by the adrenal glands. Levels of DHEA naturally drop after age 30. The body manufactures DHEA naturally in the adrenal glands. your adrenals also make the stress hormones cortisol and adrenaline. Adrenal exhaustion from coping with chronic stress — from (among other things) poor nutrition, yo-yo dieting, emotional turmoil, and job-related stress — means your adrenals are bone-tired from pumping out cortisol and they simply can’t manufacture enough DHEA to support a healthy hormonal balance.  When DHEA levels are low, your body does not have enough working material for proper endocrine function.

DHEA is a critical component to jumpstarting hormonal balance. DHEA is a very powerful precursor to all of your major sex hormones: estrogen, progesterone, and testosterone. (Its molecular structure is closely related to testosterone). We call it the “mother hormone” — the source that fuels the body’s metabolic pathway.

A number of studies have found that DHEA supplements may help people with depression, obesity, lupus, Alzheimer’s and adrenal insufficiency. DHEA may also improve skin in older people and help treat osteoporosis, vaginal atrophy, erectile dysfunction, and some psychological conditions.

Low DHEA levels are associated with aging and a number of diseases, such as anorexia, type 2 diabetes, and HIV. Some people try DHEA to treat systemic lupuserythematosus (SLE), weak bones (osteoporosis), multiple sclerosis (MS), low levels of steroid hormones (Addison’s disease), depression, schizophrenia, chronic fatiguesyndrome (CFS), and to slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease. It is also used for preventing heart disease, breast cancer, diabetes, and metabolic syndrome.

For most people, the purpose of DHEA replacement therapy is to improve quality and quantity of life. But it may be prescribed for certain medical conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease and other organic brain diseases, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, diabetes, heart disease, immune deficiency syndromes, lupus and other autoimmune diseases, osteoporosis, and stress-related disorders.

What’s more, the collective indirect evidence from more than 5,000 published studies overwhelmingly supports DHEA’s anti-aging role. Scientists now have proof that DHEA:

  • Decreases the risk of heart disease
  • Defends against some cancers
  • Improves blood sugar control, decreasing the risk of diabetes
  • Reverses the age-accelerating effects of the stress hormone cortisol
  • Prevents and reverses osteoporosis
  • Increases muscle mass
  • improves mental acuity
  • improves energy
  • Decreases Inflammation
  • improves stamina
  • Enhances Immunity

DHEA and women

DHEA (or dehydroepiandrosterone) is a naturally existing hormone that the female body converts into androgens (mainly testosterone). In an infertility setting, DHEA is used primarily to treat women with diminished ovarian reserve(DOR), which occurs either as a consequence of premature ovarian aging (POA) or female aging. Our studies have found, and others have confirmed, that DHEA revitalizes the ovarian environment in which eggs mature, resulting in:

  1. Increased IVF pregnancy rates
  2. Increased chance of spontaneous conceptions
  3. Shortened time to pregnancy
  4. Increased quality and quantity of eggs and embryos
  5. Decreased risk of miscarriage and chromosomal abnormalities in embryos
  6. Improved cumulative pregnancy rates in patients under fertility treatment

A 2010 survey found that about a third of all IVF centers in the world were already utilizing DHEA to improve pregnancy chances in women with DOR.

Supplementation is stopped once a woman has conceived, as the body produces enough DHEA during pregnancy

Dr. Norbert Gleicher, Dr. David H. Barad and Dr. Vitaly Kushnir  Center for Human Reproduction

Most  women have some indication of adrenal imbalance, including symptoms of low DHEA levels, such as:

  • Extreme fatigue
  • Decrease in muscle mass
  • Decrease in bone density
  • Depression
  • Aching joints
  • Loss of libido
  • Lowered immunity
  • Low DHEA predicts breast cancer more accurately than any other known marker.
  • In animal studies, DHEA has provided dramatic protection against tumors of the breasts, colon, liver, lungs, lymphatic vessels, prostate, and skin.
  • Systemic lupus erythematosus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which the immune system manufactures autoantibodies, which attack healthy tissues. In effect, the body turns on itself. Blood vessels, connective tissues, joints, kidneys, the nervous system, and skin may be affected.
  • Lupus is commonly treated using immunosuppressive steroids and cancer chemotherapy agents. The treatment damages the immune system and thus undermines the healing process. Its side effects can be worse than the disease itself.
  • Aware of DHEA’s immune-enhancing effects, researchers at Stanford University gave DHEA to 57 women with lupus. About two-thirds of the women reported some alleviation of their symptoms, including reduced frequency and severity of joint pain, headaches, rashes, and fatigue.Many also reported better exercise tolerance and improved concentration. Impressed with these findings, the Food and Drug Administration is supporting clinical trials to evaluate DHEA’s efficacy as an alternative to conventional lupus therapy.
  • Warning: Men who have active Prostrate Cancer or Women with Reproductive Organ Cancer may not want to use this product.

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