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DHEA Supplements Tested by


  • What do DHEA supplements do?

    There is weak evidence that taking DHEA (a hormone the body uses to create other hormones, including estrogen and testosterone) may help improve mood, and in older men and women, sexual function and the appearance of the skin. (See What It Does)
  • What did CL's tests of DHEA find?

    Products reviewed by were found to contain what they claimed and did not exceed contamination limits for heavy metals. However, labeled amounts of DHEA in products tested varied considerably, from 10 mg to 100 mg per pill — so it's important to choose one that provides the right dose for the intended use, at the best price. See the top choices of products "Approved" by
  • How much DHEA should I take?

    A typical dose is about 50 mg of DHEA per day, although for some uses, such as depression, the dose may be higher. (See ConsumerTips™)
  • DHEA safety and side effects:

    DHEA may increase testosterone levels in women, and should not be taken by women with hormone-sensitive diseases, such as breast cancer. It may also decrease levels of HDL ("good cholesterol") and increase insulin resistance. See Concerns and Cautions for other potential side effects and drug interactions.

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DHEA supplement brands compared in this review

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AST Sports Science DHEA 100

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Country Life DHEA

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Douglas Laboratories DHEA

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Finest Nutrition DHEA

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Life Extension DHEA

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Nature's Bounty DHEA 25 mg

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NutriCology DHEA 25

Puritan's Pride DHEA 25 mg Dehydroepiandrosterone

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Spring Valley DHEA

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Vitacost DHEA

Vitamin World DHEA

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  • Which DHEA supplements failed testing and which passed
  • Which DHEA supplements we rated were most economical and which were most expensive
  • The evidence for or against DHEA to improve aging skin, sexual function, athletic performance, osteoporosis, lupus, and other conditions  
  • DHEA dosage for specific uses
  • Side effects, cautions, and potential drug interactions with DHEA  

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Additional Information
Tested through CL's Quality Certification Program prior to, or after initial posting of this Product Review.