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DHEA & Cognition

Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a hormone produced by the ovaries adrenal glands that plays a crucial role in the body's hormone balance. DHEA levels decline as women and men age, and the decrease in DHEA production is associated with various age related symptoms. DHEA can be a tool to help deal with brain fog, lack of motivation, and general fatigue, but can this hormone actually help your cognitive capabilities? Science says YES! Let's take a look...

DHEA supplementation was tested in this study against visual-spatial skills; visual-spatial intelligence is intelligence associated with the ability to easily perceive visual trends, conceptualize shapes and objects, and interpret images and diagrams. The tests used were: Mental Rotation, Subject-Ordered Pointing, Fragmented Picture Identification, Perceptual Identification and Same-Different Judgment. Whilst the group size was small (24 people), it was comprised of ALL post-menopausal women aged 55-80, and the study examined the level of improvement in this area with DHEA supplementation.

Per the study, "DHEA administration enhanced serum levels of DHEA, DHEAS, testosterone and estrone, and regression analyses demonstrated that levels of DHEA and its metabolites were positively related to cognitive performance on the visual-spatial tasks in the DHEA condition." In a nutshell, the study found that DHEA did increased capability for visual spatial skills/intelligence, which goes some way to explaining why DHEA is often loved by menopausal women to help with symptoms such as brain fog, focus, and fatigue!

Link: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC37156...