The human body is an amazing thing. It can mend broken bones, close open wounds, rejuvenate organs, and so much more. In fact, if all the correct nutrients are in place and a person is in optimal health, the body can heal many different conditions. Unfortunately, not everyone is in an optimal state of health. With poor diets, environmental pollution, and genetic factors, many people have dysfunctional healing capabilities.
A good example of this is a healthy active person who consumes a healthy diet will heal from a cut much quicker than an elderly individual suffering from chronic disease. This is also why when an elderly individual breaks a bone, the recovery is often much more traumatic and lengthy than what a younger person would have to go through.
As stated, while there are many different reasons for this, one of them is a lack of stem cells in the body.
Here’s another example: when someone injures their knee or shoulder, recovery is often seen after a few months or up to a year, even with little medical intervention. This is because stem cells can repair the internal damage.
Stem Cells and Aging: What You Need to Know
As a person ages, their capacity to heal themselves begins to diminish, in parts due to issues with stem cells. Stem cells are a special type of cell that can self-replicate and turn into nearly any other type of cell. For example, if you’ve cut yourself, then your body can deliver stem cells to the open wound which then turn themselves into skin cells. They can also become brain cells and practically any type of other cell. But when you’re older, you have less stem cells in your body and the remaining number of them are usually not as potent as when you were younger.