DHEA as a Nootropic
What is DHEA?
DHEA (dehydroepiandrosterone) is known as an endogenous steroid hormone. It has many uses as well as some risks (as in any substance). I have taken DHEA on and off for quite some time, and its effect is perfect in my goal of maintaining my health and well-being as well as enhancing performance in a safe way.
DHEA Dosage for a Motivation Boost
DHEA is usually dosed at 25mg per day and is recommended to people who are aged 30+.
As males age, their natural DHEA levels decline, and with that the levels of testosterone decrease as well. When testosterone decreases the effects that are noticeable for that are usually fatigue, decreased drive, and loss of libido amongst others.
This is how the product takes the form of a nootropic to me. When I take DHEA supplements daily for some time I notice the increase in motivation and drive rather profoundly. This is very subjective but there is also an increase in a feeling of “power”, it’s a bit hard to explain but I just feel more capable in general. This, in return, induces a sense of well-being and euphoria, as I feel nearly invincible.
Testosterone boosters in general tend to have this effect to a slight degree, but I hadn’t experienced anything like this before trying DHEA.
This substance doesn’t come without its risks. First of all it is a steroid. This means you are playing with your endocrine system when taking this supplement and perhaps may be disrupting the natural homeostasis of your hormone levels.
DHEA supplements also convert to a variety of additional hormones, one of which is estrogen. Prolonged exposure to estrogen in males will have negative effects such as gynocomastia (breast development).
Since I’m aware of this I make sure to cycle DHEA (1 month on 1 month off). There is really no way of foretelling the effects DHEA will have on you (both positive and negative) without first sampling it. However, be aware that this is a steroid hormone and be sure to monitor your hormone levels.