Another of my colleagues, highly respected neurosurgeon Dr. Charles Theofilos, gives his patients a special blend of herbs, vitamins, and minerals to help awaken your body's stem cells.
Dr. Theofilos practices at The Spine Center in Palm Beach Gardens, FL. He's famous as a pioneer in developing innovative surgical devices and techniques.
The Consumers' Research Council recently named him one of "America's Top Surgeons for Neurosurgery." He was one of only 20 elite surgeons selected to participate in groundbreaking studies to compare the success of spinal-disc replacement with traditional spinal fusion.
And Dr. Theofilos has become a leader in minimally invasive treatments with PRP, stem cells and blood proteins. In keeping with this philosophy, he developed two unique natural formulations that can stimulate stem cells.
The formulations can help prevent damage to cartilage, tendons, ligaments and joints. And they can help patients rebuild their bones and connective tissue after orthopedic surgeries.
If you want to start stimulating your stem cells at home, I've come up with some recommendations based on Dr. Theofilos' formulations:
- Take 45 to 90 mcg of vitamin K2 a day. Vitamin K comes in several different forms called menaquinones. They're numbered from four to nine. The higher the number, the more bioavailable and long-lasting it will be. MK-4 and MK-7 are the most important, and that's what you'll find in a good K2 supplement. And it's fat-soluble, so take it with a meal to improve absorption.
- Take 400 IUs of vitamin E a day. Make sure you're getting a mix of the two healthiest types of this vitamin, alpha-tocopherols and tocotrienols. Avoid tocopherols labeled as "d-" or "dl-." And make sure the supplement contains no more than 200 IUs of alpha-tocopherols, or it will lessen the effects of the tocotrienols.
- Take 200 mcg of selenium. Selenium stimulates telomerase, the enzyme that helps rebuild our telomeres, which are a cellular marker for aging.10Healthy telomeres have been linked with healthier stem cells.11
- Take 200 mg. to 350 mg. of green tea extract twice a day. The active ingredient in green tea, EGCG, can prevent and repair cell damage, including stem cells. And like selenium, green tea can stimulate the genes that activate stem cells.
Stay tuned. I'll be telling you much more about this remarkable new regenerative therapy in the months ahead.
To your good health,
Al Sears, MD, CNS
Al Sears, MD, CNS