The labels claim DHEA will help us lose weight , rev up our libido, lift depression and give us back the strength, immunity, and stamina we had when we were 20 — the age at which our bodies naturally produced the most DHEA. While on the surface this is appealing (who wouldn’t want to feel 20 again?), it’s obviously not what nature intended. We also don’t know enough about DHEA to be conducting such a large, unregulated public experiment. DHEA is a potent steroid — that’s why it made headlines and why it should be approached with due diligence.
Q. I started taking DHEA a couple days ago because I have an extremely exhausted adrenal level. I had severe depression. So I purchased a bottle of 10 mg, I took one tablet and within a few days my life has changed. It is awesome, I stay awake, I am not depressed. But I read the hair loss side effects. Will I start to have thinning hair, I am a woman, 110 lbs.
A. Hair thinning or hair loss is possible with DHEA in men and women. It is dose dependent and also dependent on how often it is taken. There are many other supplements used for depression and it may be a good idea to use other herbs or supplements while taking a break from the use. These include 5-HTP, mucuna pruriens, SAM-e, and St. John’s wort.