DHEA is thought to be the central precursor to almost every steroidal hormone in the human body. Of particular interest is testosterone, which typically decreases consistently in males as they age. In fact, it’s been shown that 70 year old males have only 5-10% of the testosterone as they do when they’re 20 years old.
While not particularly effective if taken without exercise, DHEA supplementation with even low to moderate levels of resistance training has been shown to drastically increase testosterone levels in males – especially as they age. This combination of strength training and increased testosterone also promotes increased muscle growth, cellular energy, and fat metabolism.
Along with increased testosterone, some studies have found that DHEA supplementation significantly reduces body fat by preventing the development of new fat cells in both men and women alike.