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In small portions the stress hormone cortisol is amazingly helpful, however repeatedly raised ranges of it are unhealthy… for nearly all the pieces. We’ve been doing a little digging round in previous scientific journals, and happily there’s a simple method to scale back the quantity of cortisol in your physique by thirty to forty p.c. Take 25 mg DHEA each day, and Bob’s your [anticatabolic] uncle.

25 mg DHEA/each day
The cortisol-reducing facet of DHEA supplementation is just not our personal discovery. A reader despatched us the YouTube clip under, by which Jeff Anderson advises males who need to lose fats within the chest space to take 25 mg DHEA each day. Fats deposition on this space is partly attributable to cortisol, says Anderson, and you’ll scale back your cortisol degree by taking a low dose of DHEA on daily basis.

Research 1
Whether or not males can really lose pec fats by taking DHEA we don’t know, however the concept DHEA supplementation reduces the cortisol degree holds water. At the least, we discovered a examine carried out in 2003, by which researchers on the College of Pittsburgh bought 69-year-old women and men to take 200 mg DHEA on daily basis for 15 days. [J Clin Psychopharmacol. 2003 Feb;23(1):96-9.]

Supplementation began on day eight and continued till day 22. The bars within the figures under present the quantity of cortisol within the blood of the members on every of these days.

The discount in cortisol degree on account of the DHEA was higher within the ladies than within the males. Though the boys’s cortisol ranges did go down, the discount was not statistically important on all days.

Research 2
A each day dose of 200 mg DHEA is on the excessive facet. Researchers use a dose of 50 mg DHEA per day in most research. In 2006 Italian researchers revealed the outcomes of a examine on the impact of a significantly decrease dose of DHEA on cortisol ranges. [Gynecol Endocrinol. 2006 Nov;22(11):627-35.]

The Italians gave their take a look at topics – ladies aged between 50 and 55 [dark bars on the figure below] and between 60 and 65 [light coloured bars] – a each day 25 mg DHEA for a interval of 12 months. 0 = cortisol degree earlier than DHEA supplementation began; 2 = after Three months; 3 = after 6 months; 4 = after 12 months.

The determine above reveals how DHEA supplementation may match. It reveals the impact of the administration of 10 micrograms ACTH on the cortisol degree, earlier than administration, and after 3, 6 and 12 months. ACTH is the messenger hormone that stimulates the adrenals to launch cortisol. ACTH secretion will increase underneath stress. Plainly DHEA supplementation makes the adrenals much less delicate to ACTH.

If you happen to’re considering of attempting to decrease your cortisol degree by taking DHEA, you’ll in all probability discover most impact should you take the prohormone earlier than you fall asleep. Throughout your sleep your DHEA degree will peak. Your cortisol degree may even peak whilst you’re asleep, so inhibiting the cortisol will probably be simplest at that second. Sounds logical, doesn’t it?

Lengthy-term low-dose oral administration of dehydroepiandrosterone modulates adrenal response to adrenocorticotropic hormone in early and late postmenopausal ladies.


The ageing course of is related to a decline within the circulating Delta5-androgen dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) and its sulfate ester, dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS). The current examine aimed to judge the results of a long-term (12 months) oral DHEA administration (25 mg/day) on adrenal operate, earlier than and after 3, 6 and 12 months of remedy.

Postmenopausal ladies belonging to 2 age teams, 50-55 years (n = 10) and 60-65 years (n = 10), have been studied. Adrenal operate was assessed in basal situations, after suppression with dexamethasone (DXM) and following a stimulation take a look at with adrenocorticotropic hormone (ACTH) (10 microg bolus). Serum ranges of DHEA, DHEAS, androstenedione (Delta4-A), allopregnanolone, 17-hydroxyprogesterone (17-OHP) and cortisol have been measured and the results of DHEA supplementation on particular adrenal enzymatic pathways have been evaluated by calculating precursor/product ratios (17-OHP/cortisol, 17-OHP/Delta4-A, DHEA/Delta4-A and DHEA/DHEAS).

DHEA supplementation annulled the age-related variations in DHEA and DHEAS ranges and induced a marked enhance in all steroids, aside from cortisol, after 3-6 months of remedy. Serum cortisol ranges decreased from the third month, each in youthful and older topics. DHEA supplementation didn’t have an effect on DXM-induced suppression of adrenal steroidogenesis. In the course of the remedy interval all adrenal androgens and progestins confirmed a major enhance of their response to ACTH, whereas the cortisol response decreased considerably. The outcomes counsel a major DHEA-induced change in adrenal enzymatic actions, as additionally evidenced by the change in precursor/product ratios throughout remedy.

Continual DHEA administration is able to modifying circulating ranges of androgens and progestins in each early and late postmenopausal ladies by modulating the age-related adjustments in adrenal operate.

PMID: 17145649 DOI: 10.1080/09513590601024681 [Indexed for MEDLINE]

Supply: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17145649