Dr. Adonis has helped several patients with degenerative issues like osteoporosis and osteoarthritis of the knee, shoulder, or elbow joints, and has also researched on the uses and benefits of stem cells in treating other degenerative disorders. His suggestions and forms of treatment have proven immensely successful in patients, who have experienced better health and showed tremendous improvement in their condition.
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Among the various kinds of cells our body produces, stem cells are perhaps the most potent and useful cells. They have the ability to multiply and develop into any kind of cell, ranging from brain cells to muscle cells. This proves to be of great use during early life as the capacity of the stem cells to divide and grow is unlimited, which enables them to revitalize or replenish cells easily as the fetus grows. Every new cell can transform into a muscle, brain, or even a stem cell, which allows for healthy growth of the fetus.
How they differ from other cells:
- Stem cells are largely undifferentiated cells, which can remain inactive for long periods, and then begin the process of regeneration or self-renewal.
- They can be influenced, under certain physiological conditions, to become certain kinds of cells intended to perform specific functions. Stem cells can grow and develop to replace damaged or aging cells in tissues like the bone marrow or gut, but in organs such as the pancreas and heart, they are restricted to dividing only under specific conditions.
These cells offer immense promise due to their ability to regenerate and differentiate. They show potential in the treatment of ailments such as heart disease, diabetes, and even degenerative diseases like osteoarthritis.
Types of Stem Cells
There are two kinds found in the body:
- Embryonic stem cells – Cells obtained from unused embryos from procedures like IVF. These have the potential to generate into many different kinds of cells
- Adult stem cells – two types exist. One is obtained from body parts like the marrow, brain, and tissues. Few cells of this type are available, and they can only develop into a certain type of cells, e.g., kidney cells can divide to form only kidney cells. The other type are pluripotent cells. These cells are worked on in laboratories to make them similar to embryonic stem cells and can form different kinds of cells.
Stem cell research is being carried out extensively and aggressively since it has immense potential, and the benefits can increase human health and longevity in a manner no other form of science has been able to. Stem cells can probably help in the treatment of cancer, heart disease, and other degenerative disorders when the fullest potential of this research has been reached.
Dr. A usually uses stem cells from either the umbilical cord or the placenta, as both are rich in stem cells that can give rise to cells of all types, proving extremely beneficial in regeneration. Several studies have successfully revealed how cells from the placenta and cord can be duplicated into cells of various kinds, like osteoblasts and myocytes, to name a few.
Functional medicine has always placed immense stress on the benefits and importance of stem cells in our lives but also recognizes that the health and longevity of stem cells must be taken into account as they do age, and that their ability to regenerate must be leveraged.
What You Can Do
To maximize the benefits of, it is important to increase their production in the body and keep them healthy. Here are certain tips suggested by Dr. Adonis to improve stem cell health in your body:
- Rest – adequate rest enables cells to regenerate and divide better since they are less overworked. Getting rest and the right amount of sleep places less strain on the cells and helps promote their health, thus enabling them to produce healthier cells as they divide.
- The main nutrient for the buildup and growth of stem cells is protein. Protein keeps them healthy and prevents them from aging faster. Consuming an adequate amount of protein in the right food forms can keep your stem cells young and strong and also promote better cell health in new cells.
- Regular fasting can also help in their growth and development. However, this must always be done under the advice and guidance of your medical practitioner. Do not use a self-made plan for a fasting regimen.
- Several nutrients and compounds affect stem cell health. Some of these include green tea and berries. If these can be consumed either in their natural form or as extracts, they can boost the function of stem cells. In addition, it has been observed that vitamin D and carnosine can alter gene expression and are highly potent in maintaining stem cell health. AFA blue-green algae and spirulina are other supplements that can contribute to stem cell health.