This article is adapted from an article by Sayer Yi, Founder of GreenMedInfo.com. Original article here.
It may come as a surprise, but the default state of the body is “ceaseless regeneration.” Without the continual cell turnover within the body – life and death ceaselessly intertwined – the miracle of the human body would not exist. In fact, you can help your body regenerate nerves and tissue.
In times of illness, degenerative processes overcome regenerative ones. Medicine might perform its most noble feat at this point, nudging the body back into balance with foods, herbs, nutrients, healing energies, i.e. healing intention. Drug-based medicine, though, invariably uses chemicals that have not one iota of regenerative potential. In fact, pharmaceutical drugs almost always interfere with bodily self-renewal. They simply suppress the symptoms but don’t help regenerate.
We have trolled MEDLINE for the past few years and have collected some remarkable studies on the topic of regenerative, natural substances.
Natural compounds that help regenerate the Nerves
There is a broad range of natural compounds with proven nerve-regenerating effects. One 2010 study published in the journal Rejuvenation Research, for instance, found a combination of blueberry, green tea and carnosine have neuritogenic (i.e. promoting neuronal regeneration) and stem-cell regenerative effects in an animal model of neurodegenerative disease.
Other researched neuritogenic substances include:
Curcumin Lion's Mane Mushroom Apigenin (compound in vegetables like celery) Blueberry Ginseng Huperzine Natto Red Sage Resveratrol Royal Jelly Theanine Ashwaganda Coffee (trigonelline)
Listening to Music and Falling in Love
There is another class of nerve-healing substances, known as remyelinating compounds, which stimulate the repair of the protective sheath around the axon of the neurons known as myelin, and which is often damaged in neurological injury and/or dysfunction, especially autoimmune and vaccine-induced demyelination disorders. It should also be noted that even music and falling in love have been studied for possibly stimulating neurogenesis, regeneration and/or repair of neurons, indicating that regenerative medicine does not necessary require the ingestion of anything; rather, a wide range of therapeutic actions may be employed to improve health and well-being, as well.
Regenerating the Liver
Liver Regeneration – Glycyrrhizin, a compound found within licorice, and which we recently featured as a powerful anti-SARS virus agent, has also been found to stimulate the regeneration of liver mass and function in the animal model of hepatectomy. Other liver regenerative substances include:
Carvacrol (a volatile compound in oregano) Curcumin Korean Ginseng Rooibos Vitamin E
Can we reverse diabetes?
Unfortunately, the medical community has yet to harness the diabetes-reversing potential of natural compounds. Whereas expensive stem cell therapies, islet cell transplants, and an array of synthetic drugs in the developmental pipeline are the focus of billions of dollars of research, annually, our kitchen cupboards and backyards may already 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 (at least in theory) restore the health of the patient to the point where they no longer require insulin replacement.
Gymenna Sylvestre ("the sugar destroyer") Nigella Sativa ("black cumin") Vitamin D Curcumin (from the spice Turmeric) Arginine Avocado Berberine (found in bitter herbs such as Goldenseal and Barberry) Bitter Melon Chard (yes, the green leafy vegetables) Corn Silk Stevia Sulforaphane (especially concentrated in broccoli sprouts)
There are secretagogues, which 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, testosterone, for instance.  In tandem with foods that are able to support the function of glands, such as the ovaries, vitamin C may represent an excellent complement or alternative to hormone replacement therapy.
Regenerate Cardiac Tissue
Not too long ago, it was believed that cardiac tissue was uniquely incapable of being regenerated. A new, but rapidly growing body of experimental research now indicates that this is simply not true, and there is a class of heart-tissue regenerating compounds known as neocardiogenic substances. Neocardiogenic substances are able to stimulate the formation of cardiac progenitor cells which can differentiate into healthy heart tissue, and they include the following:
Resveratrol Siberian Ginseng (Eleuthero) Red Wine Extract Geum Japonicum N-acetyl-cysteine
Another remarkable example of cardiac cell regeneration is through what is known as fetomaternal trafficking of stem cells through the placenta. In a recent article we discussed the amazing process known as “fetal microchimerism” by which the fetus contributes stem cells to the mother which are capable of regenerating her damaged heart cells, and possibly a wide range of other cell types.
Regenerate the Spine, Cartilage and Joints!
Curcumin and resveratrol (there’s that resveratrol again!) have been shown to improve recovery from spinal cord injury. Over a dozen other natural compounds hold promise in this area, which can be viewed on our Spinal Cord Injury page. As far as degenerative joint disease, i.e. osteoarthritis, there are a broad range of potentially regenerative substances, with 50 listed on our osteoarthritis research page.
Ultimately, regenerative medicine threatens to undermine the very economic infrastructure that props up the modern, drug-based and quite candidly degenerative medical system. Symptom suppression is profitable because it guarantees both the perpetuation of the original underlying disease, and the generation of an ever-expanding array of additional, treatment-induced symptoms.
This is the non-sustainable, infinite growth model which shares features characteristic of the process of cancer itself – a model, which by its very nature, is doomed to fail and eventually collapse. Cultivating diets, lifestyles and attitudes conducive to bodily regeneration can interrupt this pathological circuit, and help us to attain the bodily freedom that is a precondition for the liberation of the human soul and spirit, as well.
Author of original article, Sayer Ji is founder of Greenmedinfo.com.
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