Louis A. Cona M.D.
Dec 4, 2019
Learn why a healthy diet change can increase the effectiveness of stem cell therapy.
The stem cell field is continuously developing in medicine. Stem cells are being used in new ways every day to treat an increasing number of conditions. However, researchers are also trying to introduce different methods to get the greatest affect out of the stem cell treatments. Various drugs have proven effective in increasing stem cell potency, but there exist natural methods as well. This drive led Tufts neuroscientist, Dennis Steindler, to pursue an unconventional method of increasing stem cell effectiveness in the body; nutrition. This article features how stem cells and nutrition work together to provide the best possible outcomes for patients with degenerative diseases.
The role of nutrition in stem cell treatment lies with inflammation. Most human diseases are caused, in one form or another, by inflammation in the body. It is this inflammation in the brain that prevents neural stem cells from being able to effectively heal damaged neurons, especially in patients with degenerative diseases.
By altering diet and nutrition, patients may be able to naturally reduce inflammation in the body, allowing their naturally occurring or transplanted stem cells to operate normally without restriction. This method would be a natural method to stimulate neural stem cells to repair the brain in the natural and controlled way. More specifically, Steindler focused on three anti-inflammatory antioxidants, ECGC (found in green tea), Curcumin (found in turmeric), and Sulforaphane (found in broccoli). These specific compounds have been found to inhibit T-cell response in the body, the white blood cells that cause some autoimmune disorders. A recent study conducted by Colorado-based stem cell lab, Vitro Biopharma Inc, quantified the effectiveness of these compounds on stem cell activation. The study showed a stem cell response of over 25 times that of stem cells not given the compounds. See the actual study data linked below.
Stem cells are cells within the body that have not differentiated, or become a specific type of cell. They have the ability to travel around the body, seeking damage and inflammation, and replace older cells, causing a regenerative effect on the tissue.
For years it was though that stem cells could not replace neurons in the brain. It was believed that a person’s neurons were set at birth, and that they slowly died over time. However, it was discovered in 1998 that human neural stem cells existed within the brain. Researchers then raced to find a way to use these neural stem cells to treat conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. The problem was that if these cells were activated too much, they could overproduce and lead to tumor growth. This led Steindler to attempt to naturally stimulate these cells to function at just the right level. For this, he turned to nutrition, “Food as medicine”, he said.
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About the author
Dr. Cona has been performing stem cell therapy for over 10 years. He is a member of the World Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine (WAAAM). He is also a recognized member of the British Medical Association, the General Medical Council (UK), the Caribbean College of Family Physicians, and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He is the Medical Director for DVC Stem a world-renowned stem cell therapy clinic located in Grand Cayman.
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