DHEA and 7-keto DHEA

Supplements of DHEA can compensate for low levels of DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) in the blood, which is associated with aging. DHEA supplements may be helpful for individuals 55 years of age and older. DHEA should not be used when blood levels are already in normal range.

A derivative of DHEA is 7-keto DHEA. Unlike DHEA, 7-keto-DHEA is not converted to steroid hormones such as androgen and estrogen. People take 7-keto-DHEA to improve lean body mass and build muscle, increase the activity of the thyroid gland, boost the immune system, enhance memory, and slow aging.