Nutritional Considerations in Stem Cell Treatments

written by Stem Cell The Magazine 

June 22, 20181. Quadriceps Muscle Lack of Oxygen Followed by Injury to the Muscle After Treatment

Stem cell treatments are a good thing – but in the rare case that you need an option because stem cell doesn’t work for you – ask your doctor to offer a treatment that would increase blood supply to the area.

After there’s been a lack of oxygen in a muscle or tissue, the body compensates by sending in more blood flow to the area. Sometimes doctors may use a treatment to increase circulation to tissue that’s been deprived of oxygen.

For example, one type of treatment is called extracorporeal shock wave treatment. This is used for heel spurs, plantar fasciitis and other tendon problems. A shock wave is used that brings in new blood vessels to the area – they sprout up as a result of this treatment.

Adipose stem cells also will have similar anti-inflammation effects and bring in new blood supply to the area that needs regeneration.

Scientists at the China Medical University and doctors at Kaoshsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital in Taiwan were thinking progressively when they thought of combining the two treatments together. Even though the study they ran was an animal study, it shows us the potential of combining treatment.

By combining extracorporeal shock wave treatment with stem cells, the results were superior to either treatment by itself. The quadriceps muscle damage was reversed and the amount of blood circulation to the area was greater after the injury when both treatments were used together.

If your stem cell doesn’t work, you might consider using some of the same type of thinking that these researchers used. Since they used two treatments that decreased inflammation, it’s possible that decreasing inflammation in your own body could make an impact.

This does make a lot of sense actually and you may want to check out our article on inflammation and stem cells. If you can decrease the inflammation in the body, stem cells can work better. There are several ways to do this. For example, eating an anti-inflammatory diet would be one of the first things to start with. This is a diet that avoids sugar and processed foods as well asoils that increase inflammation such as canola oil, vegetable oil or other “seed” oils. Olive oil and coconut oil are not inflammatory.

The second thing to try might be to get an ALCAT blood test that will identify the foods that are causing inflammation reactions to occur in your body. Then systematically you would eliminate these foods from your diet for a few months

The third thing to do to reduce inflammation is to lose weight if your weight Is higher than what it should be. Reducing the belly fat will reduce the amount of inflammation that is generated in the whole body because the fat cells produce inflammatory factors.

You have a lot of control over inflammation in your body – and thus can directly control the rate of your stem cell multiplication.

2. Vitamin D Therapy

Scientists are still learning the benefits of stem cell growth factors. In the early days of stem cell treatments, growth factors weren’t used to support the reproduction of the stem cells. Consequently, the treatment either didn’t work or it worked – there was no in between.

The scientists increased the signaling to Vdr by adding the vitamin D3 agonist called calcitriol. An agonist is something that makes everything go well in the way it should go. The result of this was that the stem cell colonies in the bone marrow and liver increased their numbers.

The bottom line here is that if stem cell doesn’t work for you during the first treatment, check to see that growth factors can be added to the second or additional treatments you receive. It may not be calcitriol but other growth factors that are needed to create better results.

3. Supplementation with Specific Nutrients

There are other nutrients that have been found to increase the stem cell growth rate – ones like astaxanthin found in salmon roe, crab, algae, red trout, shrimp and lobster, and zinc.

The astaxanthin has the ability to make adipose stem cells turn into nervous system stem cells called oligodendrocytes.

Thus, this nutrient would be a potential good addition to one’s diet if the stem cell treatment doesn’t work for your nervous system disorder such as multiple sclerosis.

Zinc is found in eggs, seafood and meat as well as Rocky Mountain oysters (testicles from mammals). This unusual ‘oyster’ dish is found in areas of the country where young animals are castrated, such as in the West and in western Canada.  Korean scientists found that zinc creates new bone cells in mesenchymal stem cells and that higher amounts of zinc in the diet meant better differentiation of stem cells.

Again, this could potentially mean that zinc supplements might help when your stem cell treatment doesn’t work.

The bottom line here may be that your nutritional status is going to seriously determine whether or not your stem cell treatments work or not.

And this also makes a lot of sense because there’s a reason or probably several of them why we have recommended daily allowances for vitamins and minerals in the body.

However, it’s not just vitamins and minerals that matter most. It’s also what’s in the foods you eat – and when you eat a high plant-based diet full of fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, then all those hundreds of medicinal ingredients in them such as carotenoids and polyphenols could be doing a lot more than what we know now. They could conceivably be controlling your body’s own stem cell regeneration.