1. Does anyone know anything about the supplement DHEA? Pros and cons. Helpful or hurtful?
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  3. by   Katnip
    I don't know how helpful this is, but I'll try to tell you what I know and what I've heard.

    DHEA is a hormone. It's supposed to do wonderful things for your system, make you feel more energetic and youthful. I talked to my doctor about it because he really is pro alternative therapy. However, he has strong reservations about DHEA. It's unregulated as far as dosaging. You can buy two bottles of the stuff and have two different amounts in the pills, even though they say they're the same dose. (same thing with herbals. You need a really reputable company and according to some consumer magazines, even that doesn't always help).

    Also, studies have shown some serious adverse affects with it. I chose not to take it until there are more studies done. I plan to see if there's anything going on at NIH concerning it.