The hormone called DHEA, whose scientific name is dehydroepianrosterone, is the most prevalent and one of the most essential hormones in human health. According to Dr. Norman Shealy, every known illness is associated with a magnesium deficiency and low levels of the hormone DHEA.
It is striking that most illnesses are characterized by low levels of both DHEA and magnesium. A connection between these essential chemicals appears to be basic in the understanding of health, wellness, and the restoring and maintaining of youth.
In fact, just a 10 percent increase in magnesium and DHEA levels is associated with a 48 percent decrease in death from cardiovascular disease and a 36 percent decrease in mortality from all causes.
Low levels of DHEA are found in women up to nine years before development of breast cancer. And men may have low DHEA levels for four or more years prior to development of prostate cancer.
Some of the ailments associated with a DHEA/magnesium deficiency include:
- Attention deficit disorder.
- Chronic fatigue.
- Fatigue and insomnia.
- Intestinal problems.
- Kidney stones.
- Muscle cramps.
A DHEA/magnesium deficiency is clearly prevalent in the case of an acute heart attack. On average, patients given intravenous magnesium have a 50 percent greater survival rate.
Raising DHEA levels results in a remarkable increase in perceived physical and psychological well-being — for both men and women. People report increased energy, deeper sleep, improved mood, more relaxed feelings and an improved ability to deal with stressful situations.
Most critically, DHEA blocks carcinogenesis and slows aging, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and even obesity.
DHEA is produced in the adrenal glands in both men and women. Men produce about one-third more than women, since they produce DHEA in the testes. Unfortunately, DHEA levels decline with age. Research suggests that supplements with the DHEA hormone in the middle-age and older years can restore levels to those a person had in younger years.
Remember that if you increase your DHEA levels, you also boost your body’s levels of the critically important mineral magnesium. Magnesium helps most illnesses.