According to many cutting edge anti-aging specialists, aging and degenerative diseases are caused by a loss of the number and function of stem cells. So, if you want to slow down the aging process and reverse some of the damage that has already occurred, then it’s imperative that you enhance the health and production of your stem cells. Below is a list of the top ways to boost stem cell health safely, naturally and affordably.
Stem Cell Basics
Stem cells are cells that have a unique ability to divide without limit and transform themselves into many different types of cells. When a stem cell divides it can either remain as a stem cell or it can transform into a specialized cell (e.g. brain cell, muscle cell, white blood cell, etc.). Stem cells act as an internal repair system — whenever a tissue or organ needs replenishing, stem cells migrate to and repair the tissue or organ that needs assistance.
How To Support Stem Cell Health:
Create Positive Lifestyle Habits
Consume an anti-inflammatory diet that is antioxidant and nutrient-dense. Cut-out sugar, processed foods, animal products and oils, and emphasize fresh fruits and vegetables, beans, legumes, whole grains, nuts and seeds. Consume an abundance of spices and herbs for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Moderately restrict calories, and fast intermittently. Avoid cigarettes, limit stress to the best of your ability, and make sure you get enough vitamin D, either through supplementation or 15 minutes of daily sunlight exposure. Sleep is also important, and you should aim for 7-9 hours nightly, establish a regular sleep schedule, keep electronics out of the bedroom, and go to bed as early as possible.
Strength building exercises cause minor damage to the muscles, and stem cells respond by multiplying to help in the repair process.[i] This results in increased stem cell production and muscle mass, and a reduction of age-related muscle loss. Cardiovascular exercises may also be beneficial – preliminary research suggests that cardio positively influences how stem cells differentiate and it encourages them to transform into bone instead of fat.[ii] According to one animal study a mere 30 minutes of running, 3 times a week, is enough to significantly increase cells in the marrow and in circulation.[iii]
Beta-glucans are cell wall constituents of yeast, fungi and bacteria, and they are naturally occurring in certain plant foods such as mushrooms, oats, seaweed and barley. They have numerous medicinal properties – they help to turbo charge the immune system, boost heart health, protect from the damaging effects of radiation, and reduce the risk for infections and cancer, to name a few.[iv] They also help to stimulate the release of your own stem cells from your bone marrow, which in-turn helps to repair and heal the entire body.[v]
Resveratrol is a potent antioxidant found in grapes, red wine, cocoa and blueberries. It helps to reduce inflammation and prevent free radicals from damaging your cells and DNA. Research suggests that it also promotes the self-renewal and differentiation of several types of stem cells, and slows down the loss of stem cells that occurs naturally with age.[vi][vii][viii]
Stem Cell Strong
Although beta-glucan and resveratrol are scientifically proven to support stem cell health, the doses found in food are likely too low to produce a dramatic effect. Stem Cell Strong is a physician formulated, wholefood supplement that contains an isolated resveratrol extract, and nearly 2,000 mg of beta-glucan containing plant foods (including barley and oat sprouts, seaweed, and 5 medicinal mushrooms), per serving. It also contains 28 super herbs and provides a healthy dose of antioxidants for added anti-aging support. Just one scoop a day will help to protect you from aging and disease, boost your immune system, enhance energy, and shave years off of how you look and feel.