DHEA creams are a DHEA supplement applied to and absorbed by the skin. They provide DHEA, pregnenolone, and natural progesterone and women use it for bio-identical hormone replacement.
What is DHEA?
DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) is a natural steroid prohormone. In the body it is a naturally occurring compound created by cholesterol in the:
- Adrenal glands
- Adipose tissue
DHEA found in DHEA creams is a naturally occurring herbal supplement. It is derived from wild plants and is the predecessor of androstenedione, which is further converted by the body to make testosterone, estrone and estradiol, hormones that affect sexual development and function.
The reason people use these creams is because the DHEA our bodies produces peaks for most people around age 25. As a result our bodies make about two percent less DHEA each year for the rest of our lives which contributes to a loss in energy and sex drive change as we age.
DHEA is a base for 70 to 100 percent of androgens we produce. Along with the effect on energy and sex drive, these androgens also keep our immune processes strong. This includes:
- Bone and skin regeneration
- Clarity of mind
Why DHEA Creams are Effective
DHEA creams have proven more effective that supplements taken orally. This is because the creams are absorbed 500 percent more than DHEA taken in pill form. When DHEA levels drop after the age of 25, it results in reduced feelings of vitality and well being. Once people pass their reproductive prime, their lifestyle grows less active and eventually they experience a diminished sex drive. People have sought the answer to this problem for decades, and DHEA's ability to revive that missing fervor in creams seems to be the answer.Creams are easy to apply and allows the DHEA to be absorbed by the skin. In contrast, oral supplements are minimally effective. That's because a good deal of the DHEA is lost when it passes through the liver.
DHEA Cream Benefits
Here are some of the benefits reported by those who have tried the cream:
- Increases energy and well-being
- Look and feel leaner
- Better skin integrity
- Increased collagen formation
- Boosts sexual desire, performance and satisfaction
- Encourages quality sleep
- Enhances mental clarity
- Source of the antioxidants Coenzyme Q-10 and vitamin E
- Helps to build muscle
How to Use DHEA Cream
While application instructions may differ slightly from one manufacturer to another, the basic method of application is as follows:
- For best results, use specified amount once or twice daily.
- Apply to hairless, thin-skinned areas like: inner wrists, upper arms, behind knees or upper chest.
- Rub in until completely absorbed.
DHEA Cream for Women
DHEA Cream Available for Men
DHEA creams are also available for men and offers the same benefits. Remember that DHEA is a precursor to both testosterone and estrogen.
- D-35 Complex For Men by Sarati - a body gel containing DHEA, Progesterone, Pregnenolone, and Chrysin.
- Twist 25
- D-35 DHEA Gel for MEN - Testosterone Support Gel for MEN
DHEA Fights Aging
The overall effect of reduced DHEA due to aging has brought about research to see if restoring DHEA to higher levels will delay the consequences of aging. In recent years, research has reported promising results that DHEA increases function of the immune system and restores mental ability. It is currently being studied for its effect on:
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Erectile dysfunction
- Parkinson's disease
- Chronic inflammatory bowel disease
- High levels of blood sugar
Research for the above is ongoing, but DHEA supplementation has already been reported effective for any of them while further studies are being performed.