The body, a magnificent creation; a most sophisticated machine with boundless potential. In the case of health, the body repair system is one of amazement. Approximately 37.2 Trillion tiny cells make up our being; each cell living and “breathing” allowing for proper balance and maintenance into our daily life. For instance; the body is one of perpetual regeneration. Without the process of continual cell turnover within the body – life and death ceaselessly intertwined – the miracle of the human body would not exist.
When illness strikes, the regenerative processes are overcome by degenerative ones. This is where medicine may perform its most gracious feat, pushing the body back into balance with foods, herbs, and nutrients. Unfortunately, in drug-based medicine, harsh chemicals typically interfere with bodily self-renewal in order to suppress the symptoms against which they are applied. Therefore, maintaining a healthy lifestyle helps prevent the onslaught of illness reducing the need to take medicine that may accompany catastrophic damage to the body. Thankfully, nature has been around for a while and provides for the body. For thousands of years, our ancestors used elements in nature to stimulate healing and regeneration. Today, we’re learning the power of natures medicine and its incredible work on the body. Here’s a series of some remarkable studies of regeneration.
Liver Regeneration – It’s common knowledge that your liver is a champion when it comes to regeneration. It’s actually one of the few internal organs in the human body that can robustly regenerate itself after injury. Other organs such as the heart and lungs generate scar tissue to protect the injured area. Liver regeneration is very important to human health as the liver is the “general” of the body. Glycyrrhizin, a compound found within licorice has been found to stimulate the regeneration of liver mass and function. Other liver regenerative substances include:
- Carvacrol (a volatile compound in oregano)
- Korean Ginseng
- Vitamin E
Beta-Cell Regeneration – Unfortunately, the medical community has yet to harness the diabetes-reversing potential of natural compounds. Nature once again, may contain the long sought-after cure for type 1 diabetes. The following compounds have been demonstrated experimentally to regenerate the insulin-producing beta cells, which are destroyed in insulin dependent diabetes, and which once restored, may restore the health of the patient to the point where no insulin replacement is required.
- Gymenna Sylvestre ("the sugar destroyer")
- Nigella Sativa ("black cumin")
- Vitamin D
- Curcumin (from the spice Turmeric)
- Berberine (found in bitter herbs such as Goldenseal and Barberry)
- Bitter Melon
- Chard (the green leafy vegetables)
- Corn Silk
- Sulforaphane (concentrated in broccoli sprouts)
Nerve Regeneration – There are actually a broad range of natural compounds with proven nerve-regenerative effects. A 2010 study published in the journal Rejuvenation Research found a combination of blueberry, green tea and carnosine have neuritogenic (promoting neuronal regeneration) and stem-cell regenerative effects in an animal model of neurodegenerative disease. Other researched neuritogenic substances include:
- Lion's Mane Mushroom
- Apigenin (compound in vegetables like celery)
- Red Sage
- Royal Jelly
- Coffee (trigonelline)
Hormone Regeneration –Secretagogues increase the endocrine glands' ability to secrete more hormone, and there are substances that truly regenerate hormones which have degraded (by emitting electrons) into potentially carcinogenic "transient hormone" metabolites. One of these substances is vitamin C. A powerful electron donor, this vitamin has the ability to contribute electrons to resurrect the form and function of estradiol (estrogen; E2), progesterone and testosterone. Apple cider vinegar can help the body to more efficiently convert proteins into amino acids. These building blocks are used for the synthesis of hormones which regulate functions such as mood and weight loss. Drinking diluted ACV can help to elevate mood, improve focus and relaxation, as well as promote healthy weight loss. Pomegrante has powerful estrogenic properties, this amazing fruit does not exhibit known carcinogenic potential associated with synthetic estrogens. Pomegranate has been shown to act selectively to modulate estrogen receptors that are beneficial to the organism, while down-regulating activity at the receptors known to be associated with estrogen-sensitive cancers. This type of intelligence is unique to natural substances, and is not yet reproducible through pharmaceutical preparations. Lastly, include foods high in fiber in your diet. Fiber binds to estrogen, allowing the body to process and eliminate any excess hormone. Foods such as oatmeal, brown rice, beans and whole grains provide fiber.
Cardiac Cell Regeneration – Not too long ago, it was believed that cardiac tissue was incapable of being regenerated. Research indicates that cardiac tissue regenerate thru compounds known as neocardiogenic substances. Neocardiogenic substances are able to stimulate the formation of cardiac progenitor cells which can differentiate into healthy heart tissue, these include:
- Siberian Ginseng (Eleuthero)
- Red Wine Extract
- Geum Japonicum
Cartilage/Joint/Spine Regeneration – Curcumin and resveratrol have been shown to improve recovery from spinal cord injury. Glucosamine, Celadrin, Cetyl Myristoleate, Citrus Peel, MSM (Methylsulfonylmethane), Curcumin, and Avocado are shown to help with degenerative joint diseases, such as Osteoarthritis. Cultivating diets, lifestyles and attitudes conducive to bodily regeneration allow for a thriving body that helps influence our attitude and perception to a most wonderful and freeing one.
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