As most of you have likely heard, there has been an ongoing “buzz” about stem cells and their uses in repairing/restoring various aspects of our health in recent years. It is a very exciting and still relatively new area of treatment, showing great promise as we continue to go forward learning more about it. Basically, stem cells are blank slate cells which can be developed into specialized cells for specialized uses in our body. For more basic information about what they are, go here.
As the title of this article suggests, certain foods can stimulate stem cell growth – yes, it’s true! Our bodies are equipped to perform this function, and we can enhance this process of growth and repair, etc. through out dietary choices.
For example, several foods that regenerate stem cells are berries, which build up superoxide dismutase (SOD), broccoli which contains sulforaphane which increases enzymes in the liver and thereby remove harmful toxins, ginger, a strong anti-inflammatory food, nuts and seeds, containing a type of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fat, fatty fish and seafood (think salmon), another great source of omega 3 fatty acids, and mushrooms which are high in polyphenols, protecting the liver which plays a vital role in health.
Dr. William Li, specializing in and highlighting the role of blood vessel growth in creating health, has quite a bit to say about foods which boost stem cells. As one example, in the case of cancer, certain stem cells promote cancer growth. So certain foods would target the killing of such cells, yet without killing health promoting stem cells! Such foods are apples, apricots, coffee, cranberries, dark chocolate, extra virgin olive oil, peppers, etc.
Watch this short video by Scott Health Systems on nutrients which boost stem cell function in the human body. Also, Dr. Joseph Mercola has a very interesting article on how stem cells work in his article entitled, How Stem Cell Therapy Can Help Repair and Regenerate Your Body. This is a great read…I recommend it!
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention addiction and the role of stem cells in repairing a person who is recovering. (Think heroin/opiate crisis.) We are aware of how addiction impacts the human brain especially, and there is an interesting article by Rafaiee and Ahmadiankia about the role of stem cell therapy in repairing the impaired stem cell function in the brain, especially in the hippocampus. Go here.
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Dr. Donna Poppendieck (Dr. P) has over 30 years of experience in the mental health care field. She is a seasoned college professor and instructor for providers. She uses credible, proven holistic health strategies in instruction for parents of children with mental health challenges looking for another approach as well as healthcare providers seeking to implement or understand holistic strategies.