Increase natural stem cell production with a healthy diet

Louis A. Cona, MD
Updated on
Nov 8, 2022
5

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The role of diet and overall health and the natural production of stem cells within the body. Presently, stem cells are being utilized in many studies to improve many conditions, including liver cirrhosis, diabetes, kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, and COPD. Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) promote paracrine signaling needed to guide cells' areas of damage within the body, thus accelerating the regenerative process and improving function.

Learn more about stem cell therapy and the science behind it.

As we age, the quantities of circulating stem cells in the body begin to lower each year, contributing to aging. Over the past few decades, Umbilical Cord Tissue-Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells have become increasingly popular in dealing with diseases that cannot be improved by conventional treatments that utilize pharmaceutical medications. 

Presently, stem cells are being utilized in many studies to improve many conditions, including liver cirrhosis, diabetes, kidney disease, cardiovascular disease, Multiple Sclerosis, ALS, and COPD.  Mesenchymal Stem Cells (MSCs) promote paracrine signaling needed to guide cells' areas of damage within the body, thus accelerating the regenerative process and improving function. 

Can we naturally increase stem cell count within our bodies?

Although less reliable than a stem cell transplant or infusion, you can use endogenous (internal origin) stem cells to enhance your health and cell count within your own body. Here are six ways to naturally increase stem cell production within the body.

According to a 2022 study conducted in Quebec, Canada - Diet, an important determinant of health, has been studied in various contexts, including obesity, metabolism, and cancer. However, although diet and nutrition have been used for tissue regeneration, many details of the molecular mechanical pathways seem still emerging to light. The choice of diet quality and fasting (calorie restriction) do impact regeneration. Diverse examples illustrate how dietary choices could impact regeneration. Supplemented nutrition diet affects regeneration in liver; high-fat and high-glucose microenvironment inhibits bone regeneration, proliferation and migration of human gingival fibroblasts are impaired by high glucose-induced oxidative stress. (1)

Follow a clean, anti-inflammatory diet.

Medical professionals are learning that one of the best ways to reduce inflammation lies not in the medicine cabinet but in the fridge. By following an anti-inflammatory diet, one can reduce levels of inflammation within the body for extended periods.

Pictured: Foods that fight inflammation - DVC Stem

Foods that cause inflammation

Inflammation is part of your body's natural defense against things that adversely affect health, like bacteria, viruses and toxins. But your immune system is complicated, and its components are sometimes triggered by unexpected things — including certain foods. An unbalanced diet means eating a lot of processed foods, which contain ingredients that can activate inflammatory processes directly. Foods that have high levels of fat, sugar and other refined carbohydrates are essentially toxic to our bodies and trigger inflammatory pathways through a number of direct and indirect ways.  Try to avoid or limit these foods as much as possible:

  • Refined carbohydrates, such as white bread and pastries
  • French fries and other fried foods
  • Soda and other sugar-sweetened beverages
  • Red meat (burgers, steaks) and processed meat (hot dogs, sausage)
  • Margarine, shortening, and lard

Benefits of anti-inflammatory foods

On the other side are beverages and foods that reduce inflammation and chronic illness, mainly fruits and vegetables such as blueberries, apples, and leafy greens that are high in natural antioxidants and polyphenols-- protective compounds discovered in plants. Studies have correspondingly associated nuts with minimized markers of inflammation and a lower risk of heart disease and diabetes. Coffee, which includes polyphenols and other anti-inflammatory substances, might protect against swelling, also.

Anti-inflammatory foods

An anti-inflammatory diet should include these foods:

  • Tomatoes
  • Olive oil
  • Green leafy vegetables, such as spinach, kale, and collard
  • Nuts like almonds and walnuts
  • Fatty fish like salmon, mackerel, tuna, and sardines
  • Fruits such as strawberries, blueberries, cherries, and oranges

Anti-inflammatory diet

To reduce levels of swelling, aim for a healthy diet. If you are searching for an eating strategy that carefully follows the principles of anti-inflammatory consumption, consider the Mediterranean diet, which is high in fruits, vegetables, nuts, whole grains, fish, and healthy oils.

Some recommended healthy ingredients

Ginger root: typically utilized in Thai cooking to help settle indigestions. Ginger is understood to combat inflammation by reducing polyunsaturated fatty acids that can activate an inflammatory reaction. 

Mushrooms: High in micronutrients known as polyphenols. These nutrients are stemcell enhancers and can be found in plant-based diets; They help protect and cleanse liver cells from harmful contaminants that can break down hormones in the body.

Seed and Nuts: Excellent snacks filled with protein and beneficial fats that keep you feeling full longer and assist in eliminating any cravings. Seeds consist of anti-inflammatory plant sterols, while nuts are filled with alpha-linolenic acid, a type of inflammatory combating omega-3 fat.

Cruciferous veggies: Cauliflower, Broccoli, kale, cabbage, bok choy, garden cress & Brussels sprouts are some of the best foods for stem cell growth. These veggies have lots of the sulforaphane compound, which boots enzymes in the liver that combat harmful contaminants we may digest or take in. These green leafy veggies are likewise packed with Indole-3-carbinol particles that help reduce inflammatory agents in the bloodstream.

Berries: Blackberries, goji berries, pomegranate, blueberries, and raspberries all contain superoxide dismutase (SOD), a powerful antioxidant. This enzyme has incredible inflammation-reducing flavonoids and is excellent for lowering oxidative-associated stress, which is an essential consideration for optimum liver health and helps avoid joint pain. 

Seafood and Fatty fish are other practical and natural adult stem cell activators as they contain several omega-3 fats, consisting of Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). EPA is usually found in cold-water fatty fish, and various research studies have shown that fish oil is a powerful antioxidant that assists lower the danger of developing heart problems.

Food is medication 

Our diets significantly impact our body's natural regrowth cycles. Including stem cell-friendly foods in one's diet is a tremendous first step to promoting natural cell growth. Intermittent fasting is also a stem cell activator and has been discovered to start quick cellular regrowth. 

Overall, to achieve optimal benefits all aspects of a healthy lifestyle (exercise, diet and sleeping) must be utilized. Regenerative ability, which is required to improve healthy aging, especially with regard to the increased human lifespan, in addition to all the known benefits of a healthy lifestyle for a limitless number of health problems including diabetes , cancer, mental health, pediatric asthma, and reproductive health. 

References:

  1. Ghanemi, A., Yoshioka, M., & St-Amand, J. (2022, January 14). Exercise, diet and sleeping as Regenerative Medicine Adjuvants: Obesity and ageing as illustrations. Medicines (Basel, Switzerland). Retrieved November 7, 2022, from https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8778846/

Note: This post is intended to provide general information about regenerative medicine, and related areas. All content provided in this blog, website, or any linked materials, including text, graphics, images, patient outcomes, and information, are not intended and should not be considered or used as a substitute for medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please always consult with a professional and certified healthcare provider to discuss if a treatment is right for you.

About the author

Louis A. Cona, MD

Medical Director | DVC Stem

Dr. Cona has been performing stem cell therapy for over 12 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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