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'Fountain of Youth' dries up.

A "FOUNTAIN of youth" supplement with a cult reputation for holding back ageing does not work, scientists said yesterday.

The steroid hormone dehydroe piandrosterone (DHEA) is available over the counter in the US and sold on-line in the UK.

It is claimed to slow ageing, melt away fat, sharpen up the brain, prevent osteoporosis, protect against heart disease and boost libido.

But according to new research there is no evidence that DHEA keeps people young.

Tests showed that the drug had no effect on a range of ageing markers, including muscle mass and strength, endurance, fat accumulation, and glucose tolerance.

Dr Sreekumaran Nair, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, who led the research reported in the New England Journal of Medicine, said: "No beneficial effects on quality of life were observed.

"There's no evidence based on this study that DHEA has an anti-ageing effect."
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Oct 19, 2006
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