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How to Increase DHEA Effects

author image Colleen Meheen
Colleen Meheen is a certified personal trainer through the ISSA, and has years of experience in the fields of holistic nutrition. Her passion for preventative wellness creates her active lifestyle up in the Rockies of Colorado. She has been the fashion editor for Lifestyle Media Group and an inspirational writer for Reign Media Group L.L.C.
How to Increase DHEA Effects
Adding specific dietary foods with a DHEA supplement may increase its effects on the body. Photo Credit: areeya_ann/iStock/Getty Images

DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is an endogenous hormone created naturally within the human body that serves as a precursor to sex hormones, as defined by the Mayo Clinic. This hormone can decrease in the body after age 30 but can be supplemented through tablets, creams, injections or capsules. Extended research is still being undertaken to validate the effects and safety of supplemental DHEA. Increasing the effects of DHEA through combining it with other supplements may result in higher DHEA levels within the blood, suggests

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Step 1

Take chromium picolinate as directed on the bottle. Chromium picolinate may increase blood DHEA levels, suggests Medline Plus, a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine. According to the Mayo Clinic and Medline Plus, studies of supplemental DHEA are still under way as to its overall positive and negative side effects, therefore caution is advised when supplementing with extra dosage amounts.

Step 2

Cycle your intake of DHEA supplements as you would any other prohormone, which is a steroid that is converted to an active hormone by metabolism. Take anywhere from 50 mg to 100 mg of supplemental DHEA for three to four weeks, then stop using the supplement for two to three weeks. Do not exceed 100 mg of DHEA.

Step 3

Walk, run, swim and lift weights while supplementing with DHEA. Physical activity helps regulate the body's hormones and will work in conjunction with the effects of DHEA. Sustaining the amounts of natural DHEA will also be easier with consistent exercise into your 30s and throughout your life.

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