Researchers have found that a dietary supplement made
out of Blueberry, green tea, vitamin D3 and carnosine extracts may protectagainst stroke damage.
The study has found that the nutritional supplement
product called NutraStem or NT-020 may play a crucial role in protectingagainst brain damage.
NutraStem, developed by Natura Therapeutics, Inc, was
designed to stimulate the proliferation of adult stem cells, which have the potential to develop into most tissues and bone cells in the body and have the
capacity to migrate toward problem or damaged areas.
The researchers conducted double blind procedure using animal models; one animal group received the supplement for two weeks before undergoing surgical stroke while the second group did not receive the dietary
"We explored how increasing the nutritive diet through NT-020 supplementation might render a therapeutically potent neurogenesis following stroke," said Cesar V. Borlongan, lead author, the Medical College of Georgia.
The findings revealed that the group receiving NutraStem had substantially reduced neural damage in the brain and demonstrated reduced motor deficits.
"Our study found robust neuroprotective effects of the NT-020 formula," said Borlongan.
"Two weeks of NutraStem therapy lessened stroke-induced behavioral deficits, reduced stroke-induced infarcts and
promoted the birth of new neurons," he added.
"The numbers of new neurons found in the damaged brain
of the treated rats was significantly higher," said co-author Paula Bickford,PhD, of the University of South Florida College of Medicine and co-founder of Natura Therapeutics, Inc.
"An important feature of our results is that the combination of agents used was 100 times more potent than previously published study results that examined each of the individual ingredients used by
themselves," she added.
The study appears
online in the high-impact journal Rejuvenation Research.