Steroids sold as health supplements can guard against heart diseaseAccording to researchers at the University of Leeds, a molecule that is part of a family of ‘fountain-of-youth’ steroids (name because of their apparent ability to improve energy, vision, and memory) can trigger a protective effect to prevent heart diseases.

The molecule, pregnenolone sulphate, may limit the production of inflammatory cytokines that are proteins driving the early stages of heart disease.

Collaborative studies with surgeons at Leeds General infirmary have shown that this mechanism of defense can be switched-on in healthy as well as diseased blood vessels.