DHEA is a hormone made in the adrenal glands. It is a precursor hormone to the other sex hormones, estrogen, progesterone and testosterone. DHEA has many important functions in the body. It decreases cholesterol, and the formation of fatty deposits. It increases bone growth, brain function, and sense of wellbeing. DHEA promotes weight loss, supports your immune system , and helps you deal with stress. It also helps your body repair itself and maintain tissues and prevent blood clots.
DHEA has been shown to have a protective effect against cancer, diabetes, obesity, increased cholesterol, heart disease, and autoimmune diseases.
However, you can overdose on DHEA. This can result in fatigue, anger, depression, deepening voice, insomnia, mood changes, weight gain, facial hair, acne, sugar cravings, restless sleep and irritability.