The anti-aging vitamin that rebuilds your body

Stem cells work like magic in your body. They have an amazing ability that no other cells have….

They can replenish themselves over and over and over again… which means they can take damaged tissues or organs and make them as good as new.

That’s why stem cell therapy is so exciting. It could cure the most devastating conditions like spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis, cancer, heart disease, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and third degree burns…

But it could also help fight off father time. Because as you age, your stem cells get older too. And they don’t do their job as efficiently anymore. Your body also starts producing less of them with age.

Of course, you know as well as I do that stem cell therapy is not going to be available to you and me anytime soon — even though our own belly fat is full of them.

So you might want to take matters into your own hands and try a safe and natural way to give your body a fresh supply of healthy stem cells…

You can do just that by taking a common vitamin: folate.

Folate, also known as vitamin B9 or folic acid, has a lot of well-documented benefits. It prevents birth defects, heart disease and cancer, among other things. But researchers from the University of Georgia and Tufts University recently discovered another amazing ability…it encourages the production of stem cells. More specifically, folate from a whole food source stimulates stem cell division.

Now this study was performed on the roundworm C. Elegans, so there are no guarantees that folate has the same effect on stem cells in humans. But it’s a promising start. And since folate, prevents at least five different kinds of cancer too (colon, breast, cervical, pancreatic and stomach), it’s a good idea to make sure you’re getting enough any way.

The current recommended daily dosage of folate is 400 mcg per day for adults. You can easily get enough from your diet if you’re eating the right foods… like spinach, asparagus, avocado, Brussel sprouts, salmon, root vegetables, kidney beans, lima beans, or other healthy folate-rich foods.

And just so you know, folate isn’t the only way to stimulate stem cell growth. You can also try:

  • Weight lifting
  • Fasting
  • Tai Chi

All of these practices have been shown to boost stem cell production, and could hold the key to your healthy — and more youthful — future.

Sources:
  1. “Stem Cell Information.” The National Institutes of Health. http://stemcells.nih.gov. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  2. “Stem Cells Get Old Too…” The Buck Institute. http://sage.buckinstitute.org. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  3. “Vitamin B9 (Folic acid).” The University of Maryland Medical Center. http://umm.edu. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  4. N. Chaudhari, M. Mukherjee, A.S. Vagasi, G. Bi, et al. “Bacterial Folates Provide an Exogenous Signal for C. elegans Germline Stem Cell Proliferation.” Developmental Cell, 2016; 38 (1): 33.
  5. “Exercise triggers stem cells in muscle.” The University of Illinois. https://news.illinois.edu. Retrieved July 19, 2016.
  6. W. Cheng, G.B. Adams, L. Perin, M. Wei, et al. “Prolonged Fasting Reduces IGF-1/PKA to Promote Hematopoietic-Stem-Cell-Based Regeneration and Reverse Immunosuppression.” Cell Stem Cell. Volume 14, Issue 6, p810–823, 5 June 2014.
  7. “Tai chi helps reinvigorate stem cells, researchers find.” Focus Taiwan News Channel. http://focustaiwan.tw. Retrieved July 19, 2016.

 

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Jenny Smiechowski

By Jenny Smiechowski

Jenny Smiechowski is a Chicago-based freelance writer who specializes in health, nutrition and the environment. Her work has appeared in online and print publications like Chicagoland Gardening magazine, Organic Lifestyle Magazine, BetterLife Magazine, TheFix.com, Hybridcars.com and Seedstock.com.