This article is a condensed version of Dr. Zarkovs summary of medical research into DHEA supplementation. Zarkovs article
DHEA is a substance produced by the adrenal glands, brain, skin, and other tissues. From it the body makes various hormones, including testosterone and estradiol. The bodys DHEA production peaks at puberty in women and at about age 20 in men, then decreases with age.1
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