DHEA (Dehydroepiandrosterone) is a naturally occurring steroid hormone that is produced by the adrenal glands. However, it is not classified as an anabolic steroid in the same way as testosterone or synthetic anabolic steroids.
While DHEA is structurally similar to testosterone, it has a much weaker androgenic effect and is not typically used for performance-enhancing purposes. In some countries, DHEA supplements are regulated as a dietary supplement, while in others, they are classified as a controlled substance due to their potential hormonal effects.
It's important to note that while DHEA supplements are available over-the-counter in some countries, they can have significant side effects and should only be taken under the guidance of a healthcare provider.