This article is the first in a series of research on observing how can human limbs grow back with the help of vitamins, food supplements and other forms of nutrition.
While this research that I am going to discuss here is not new and goes back a few years, it is something that I think is important to look at.
Vitamins and food supplements can play a significant role in nerve regeneration.
Limb Regeneration with Vitamins
In 2011 a report came out that German scientists from the University of Konstanz, claimed that they understood how certain species in nature can regenerate organs and regrow lost limbs after three decades of research.
Originally, researchers thought that perhaps some species, whom could regenerate, used a special kind of acid to regenerate body parts, however they were not sure how this process exactly worked.
The team of scientists in southern Germany believed they have solved this puzzle after studying a particular fish known as the Zebrafish. By studying this fish the scientists were able to pin-point how it uses retinoic acid to regenerate parts of its body.
Zebrafish (Danio Rerio)
The Zebrafish is a tropical fresh water fish and is native in the streams of the southern Himalayan region. It is a fish that scientists take a great interest. It is considered important in research with regenerative medicine due to its regenerative abilities.
The fish has the ability to rebuild its fins and even heart muscles. The team of scientists mentioned above found that retinoic acid is a critical element in its regenerative powers.
It was found that Vitamin A played the important nutrient that is capable of activating the necessary genes to stimulate bone and tissue regeneration through the production of retinoic acid.
Retionic Acid is produced by both animals and humans from Vitamin A. It was thought previously that it played a small role in regeneration but this is not the case with the Zebrafish.
It is worth mention also that women whom are pregnant and do not optimize their vitamin A levels could have under-developed fetuses.
Initially the Zebrafish will close the wound of the injury such as losing its fin (the equivalent of losing a limb), with multiple layers of tissue.
A Blastema is formed as the cells beneath the stump lose their identity. The fish then uses a clever genetic trick that utilizes the acid to take control of the formation of the blastema. This means that the creature is able to produce a store of cells that then go on to regrowing the fin.
Humans do not have this genetic ability to use the retionic acid in this way to regenerate tissue, but scientists want to know why.
The lead scientist, Dr. Gerrit Begemann, on this research with the Zebrafish and its regenerative abilities, said that it was a huge success in its discovery as no-one had really looked into what role the function of the acid is. However, at the moment there is no practical medical application for humans but researchers are looking how they can understand why.
So that one day the could apply a medical application of some kind to humans.
The issue here is that humans cannot regenerate tissue. Limb-regenerating animals like the Zebrafish heavily use the ability of rebuilding tissues.
Nutrition for Rejuvenation & Longevity
In recent times however, there has been new compelling insights into Nerve Regeneration with the aid of food supplements and Vitamins that I will be looking into in a follow up article.
I think there are things we can do now to promote regeneration such as good sleep, eating good food, and the right kind of exercise.
These things can go a long way with longevity in the human life span. Along with regeneration and maintenance of the nervous system.
In addition, I will also be looking at why Red Meat is important for correct DNA Replication and how this to places an important factor in regeneration.
To conclude, I think certainly Vitamins and Food Supplements and in this case Retionic Acid from Vitamin A, does play a role in Rejuvenation and even Limb Regeneration.
How do you feel about this article? I love to know your thoughts.
What kind of healthy lifestyle do you maintain?