Can A Nutritional Supplement Grow Stem Cells?
Nursing Link, April 12th, 2010
The Center for Improvement of Human Functioning International (CIHFI) was lead author on a peer reviewed study published in the
Journal of Translational Medicine http://www.translational-medicine.com/content/pdf/1479-5876-8-34.pdf describing how Stem-Kine, a commercially available nutritional supplement, significantly elevated levels of two types of stem cells in circulation.
This appears to be the first publication in the peer-reviewed literature describing a non-drug having the ability to increase
levels of the body's own "repair cells". There is another nutrient that supposedly increases stem cells in blood, however the elevation is only 25% and this occurs only over the period of 1 hour. In contrast, the current study demonstrated increased stem cell activity in the blood over a 2 week period.
"The focus of our Institution for the past 35 years has been assisting the body to heal itself using natural, non-toxic approaches, which have provided benefit for patients with degenerative diseases. Today's findings support, at a cellular level, how some of our interventions may be functioning," said Dr. Nina Mikirova, lead author of the study.
The study described in the publication examined 18 healthy volunteers who received oral Stem- Kine administration in the morning and at night. Circulating endothelial progenitor cells, which are involved in healing blood vessels, and hematopoietic stem cells, which produce various healing growth factors, were significantly increased as compared to pre-treatment values. Given that both endothelial progenitor cells and hematopoietic stem cells are involved in acceleration of tissue regeneration and healing, it may be
possible that Stem-Kine could improve outcomes in conditions ranging from diabetes to heart failure, to neurodegenerative conditions.
"We congratulate Dr. Mikirova and her team of Industry and University collaborators for applying the objective scientific method to the area of nutritional modulation of health." Said Brian Riordan, CEO of CIHFI. "It is the Center's vision to integrate patient observations with detailed cellular and molecular biology in order to provide the best care for our patients."
Stem-Kine is produced by Aidan Products and can be purchased from the website www.stem-kine.com.