Decision-Making Improves for Senior Citizens with
Product from University Startup Company
NutraStem Cardio created by University of South
Florida's Natura Therapeutics shown to improve decision making skills in
older adults in clinical trial
Lauren Golin, USF Research News
6, 2013 - A human clinical study of older adults has demonstrated that
participants who took NutraStem Cardio, a natural dietary supplement
created by Natura Therapeutics, a University of South Florida startup
and incubator company, showed a significant increase in cognition when
compared to age-matched individuals taking a placebo. Cognition includes
processes such as attention, decision making, and memory.
The company’s study, Nutraceutical Intervention
Improves Older Adults’ Cognitive Functioning, has been published online
ahead of print in the journal Rejuvenation Research.
Natura Therapeutics conducted the two-month,
double-blind placebo study of 105 people. The average age of
participants was 73, with 52 people taking NutraStem Cardio and 53
people taking a placebo.
The results indicated that the subjects taking
NutraStem Cardio improved significantly on two measures of decision
making speed across the two month test period.
"The results of this study are promising and
suggest the potential for interventions like these to improve the
cognitive health of older adults," said Paula C. Bickford, Ph.D.,
co-founder of Natura Therapeutics and co-author of the study.
"We are honored to have the NutraStem Cardio study
published in an internationally respected, peer-reviewed journal like
“The patented formulation behind the company’s line
of products consist of four specific ingredients - blueberry
extract, green tea extract, L-Carnosine, and Vitamin D3 - that, when
combined, have a natural synergy and help adult stem cells replenish,”
said Bickford. “Adult stem cells can help repair damaged cells, restore
tissues and organs, and support the immune system.”
The study was conducted at the Byrd Alzheimer’s
Institute at the University of South Florida. USF is also an owner of
the technology. Brent J. Small, USF professor of Aging Studies, was
first author of the studyNatura Therapeutics has an exclusive license to
the technology behind NutraStem Cardio.
“Our company’s philosophy is ‘Nature’s Care for
Self Repair’,” said Cyndy D. Sanberg, Ph.D., president of Natura
Therapeutics and co-author of the study. “We believe that everyone has
the ability to repair their body the way Mother Nature intended,
Natura Therapeutics has three commercially
available products, NutraStem Cardio, NutraStem Active, and their latest
product, NutraStem Bone & Joint. The products can be ordered from the
Sanberg said that the company is currently
developing a weight management product, NutraStem Slim, which they
expect to bring to market in 2014.
“Health and wellness start from within,” said
Sanberg. “Natural ingredients like the ones used in NutraStem Cardio can
benefit overall health and well-being.”
About Natura Therapeutics, Inc.
Natura Therapeutics was founded by scientists from
the University of South Florida in Tampa. Natura is "committed to the
research and development of dietary supplements that target and improve
the adult stem cells of the body, which are responsible for repairing
the body." Natura’s products are patented, all-natural, FDA compliant,
and developed by Natura’s team of USF scientists in the fields of
nutritional science and adult stem cell therapies. Because Natura is a
science-based company, a portion of profits is allocated to adult stem
cell research and the development of new and improved products.
Editing by SeniorJournal.com
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