Natural hormones can help women through 'the change'

It's funny how often "cutting edge" science looks a lot like articles I've written in the past. It's as if researchers scour The Douglass Report whenever they run out of ideas.

Hey, they're welcome to it -- but if they won't give credit where credit is due... I'll just take it for myself!

Take this "recent discovery" for example: A key adrenal hormone can help beat menopause and boost sexual wellbeing and satisfaction in women.

That's great news...but it's certainly not new. I told you all about this hormone way back in July 2002 and again in February 2009.

It's called dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA).

So to you, it's old news, but to the rest of the world, the new research must have been eye-popping: DHEA went toe-to-toe against standard hormone replacement therapy and a synthetic steroid, and matched both for menopause relief.

That's because DHEA boosts both androgen and estrogen plasma levels in women -- offering many of the same benefits of estrogen replacement therapy, and none of the side effects.

And if that's not reason enough to put DHEA on your shopping list, the hormone again matched HRT -- and flat-out beat the steroid -- when it came to sexual wellbeing, leading to more desire, ability and activity.

Again, this is old hat to my readers -- but women hearing about this for the first time probably don't realize that DHEA is responsible for nearly 70 percent of female sex hormones before menopause and almost 100 percent of estrogens after "the change."

Yet it's also right around that same time that your DHEA levels plummet -- so naturally, the ability and the desire sink right along with it.

This same hormone is also essential to male sexual function, and that's not all it can do. DHEA can stimulate the immune system, prevent cancer, fight aging, protect the brain and boost the mood -- all in men and women alike.

And believe it or not, that's not even close to the full list of benefits.

If you're past a certain age, you almost certainly need a supplement -- but while DHEA is inexpensive and widely available (despite the best efforts of Big Pharma to get it banned), don't fly solo on this one. Talk to a naturopathic physician who can check your levels and help you figure out just how much you need.

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