Bones are not just lifeless matter attached to living tissues. It’s as much living as the tissues themselves. And just like the tissues, it’s constantly changing too. The old bone cells are broken down and replaced with new ones in a three-part process called bone remodeling that involves resorption (digestion of old bone cells), reversal (new cells are birthed) and formation (new cells turn into fully formed bones).
This process, just like any other biological processes in the body, requires hormones and growth factors. Some of the names include parathyroid hormone (PTH), calcitriol, insulin-like growth factors (IGFs), prostaglandins, tumor growth factor-beta (TGF-beta), bone morphogenetic proteins (BMP), and plain old cytokines. For this discussion we need to remember only one thing: a large cytokines and growth factors are involved in bone remodeling process.
Which means we accelerate the bone remodeling process by supplying these cytokines and growth factors as suggested by studies like these studies from PubMD (US National Library of Medicine).
Why Platelet-Rich Plasma?
Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP), being completely “whole and natural” can more
closely simulate a highly efficient in-vivo situation that anything else out
there that are made up of artificial recombinant proteins. In PRP, we are
taking advantage of the biological benefits of growth factors whose functions
we know as well as those we do not know of yet. From the 15+ factors we know
are in PRP including platelet derived growth factor (PDRF), transforming growth
factor-beta (TGF-beta), platelet factor 4 (PF4), interleukin 1 (IL-1),
platelet-derived angiogenesis factor (PDAF), vascular endothelial growth factor
(VEGF), epidermal growth factor (EGF), platelet-derived endothelial growth
factor (PDEGF), epithelial cell growth factor (ECGF), insulin-like growth
factor (IGF), osteocalcin (Oc), osteonectin (On), fibrinogen (Fg), vitronectin
(Vn), fibronectin (Fn) and thrombospontin-1 (TSP-1)… we’re actually supplying a
“holistic” set of nutrients for healing that cannot be mimicked by those
Organic Fertilizers For The Body
Platelet-Rich Plasma is like
organic fertilizers for our body. The PRP difference is like adding chemical
fertilizers versus organic fertilizers on plants. Chemical fertilizers are rich
in essential nutrients that
are needed for crops. On the other
hand, organic fertilizers supply nutrients not only to the plants but also to
the soil, improving the soil structure and tilth, water holding capacity,
reduces erosion as well as promote slow and consistent release of nutrients to
the plants itself.
Clearly, organic fertilizers are better, aren’t they?
Bonus: Strong Antimicrobial Properties
It seems that the Platelet-Rich Plasma’s healing function has synergistic function to anti-microbial properties. A new study confirms that using Platelet-Rich Plasma in surgeries may have the potential to prevent infection and to reduce the need for costly post-operative treatments.
That’s a nice bonus for the organic fertilizer of our bodies. Perhaps, there are more. So why wouldn’t anyone not take advantage of them?
The scope of Platelet-Rich Plasma is growing as the scientific community continues to unearth its inherent properties. PRP is an unignorable, and unavoidable component of healing.
© Rochester Clinic & DrPRP
Whether you’ve fully adopted a plant-based diet or are simply dipping your toes in the water, there’s no doubt that wholesome food is at the center of one’s wellbeing.
Here we’ve rounded up five of our favorite cookbooks that are chock full of nourishing recipes and nutrition tips that are sure to assist in your healthy eating goals:
1. Forks Over Knives – The Cookbook
If you watched the Forks Over Knives documentary (read more about it here , along with the rest of our top documentary picks), you know what FOK is all about – the concept that degenerative diseases afflicting so much of the U.S. today can be controlled and even reversed by rejecting animal-based and processed foods. This cookbook features 300+ plant-based recipes which place fruits, vegetables, grains, and legumes in the lime light.
2. The China Study Cookbook: Over 120 Whole Food, Plant-Based Recipes
This cookbook came to fruition thanks to The China Study; a book touting one of the most comprehensive nutrition studies ever conducted which reveals that a plant-based diet leads to optimal health and can halt or even reverse many diseases. The China Study Cookbook shares 120+ plant-based, nutrient-dense recipes that promote optimal health.
3. The PlantPure Nation Cookbook: The Official Companion Cookbook to the Breakthrough Film
PlantPure Nation, yet another noteworthy documentary created by the same producers as Forks Over Knives, provides this trusty companion cookbook boasting 150+ plant-centric recipes. It’s also filled with tips, tricks, and grocery lists for people interested in a whole food, plant-based diet.
4. Plant-Powered Families: Over 100 Kid-Tested, Whole-Foods Vegan Recipes
Inspire healthful, plant-based eating among the whole family with this must-have cookbook from Dreena Burton. From delicious school lunches to appetizing on-the-go snacks, this book supplies more than 100 kid-tested and approved recipes and serves as an excellent reference for parents raising young ones on a whole food, vegan diet.
5. Crazy Sexy Kitchen
Don’t let the risqué title of this one deter you. Author and cancer survivor Kris Carr attributes her triumph over cancer to her lifestyle changes, most especially her diet. After embracing a diet made up of whole, plant-based foods, she soon discovered the transformative power of nutrition and felt better than she ever had. This cookbook offers 150+ recipes that includes everything from fresh-pressed juices to delectable desserts.
Also recommended: Oh She Glows, Minimalist Baker, But I Could Never Go Vegan
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