Adult Stem Cell Basics

21 04 2010
Stem Cell Health

Overview of Stem Cell Health

In our last posting we reviewed the different types of Stem Cells that can be found in the human body.  Today we are going to focus on the Adult Stem Cells.   As we talked about before, Adult Stem Cells can be found in the body after birth.  Adult Stem Cells can be found in both humans and animals.  The largest concentration of Adult Stem Cells can be found in the bone marrow. 

Adult stem cells are undifferentiated cells, which means that when needed, they can turn into any other type of cell in the human body.  What is also very useful about adult stem cells is that like the embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells can replicate themselves indefinitely and are abundant in the body throughout the natural life-cycle.  Because of that, the use of adult stem cells in research and tests is far less controversial than that of the embryonic stem cells. 

Since we all have adult stem cells in our body, the next question would be what do those adult stem cells have to do?  The most current scientific research on adult stem cells is that since they are undifferentiated cells, when the body needs a cell to be repaired or replaced, a message is sent out to the system to release an adult stem cell and have it sent to the area in need.  All the cells in our body have a specific life-span, from days to months and at some point in time those cells will naturally die.  The current research implies that the adult stem cells are responsible for replacing those cells to keep the body going. 

Our adult stem cells are designed to naturally repair and replace the broken or dying cells in our body.  The problem is that as we encounter more toxins, our cells become stressed faster, and we then appear to age faster because the cells cannot be regenerated as rapidly.  When there is stress or injury to the cells (as in exposure to toxins) chemical messengers are released into the blood system, signalling the body to release more adult stem cells into the blood stream to be delivered to the area in need.  Once the adult stem cells locate the area in need, they attach themselves to that area and begin turning into the type of cell that has to be replaced. 

This act of replacing damaged cells is what keeps us in optimal health.  The latest scientific studies are currently showing that adult stem cells are part of the body’s natural healing system.  There was a double-blind, placebo controlled crossover study published in the peer-reviewed medical journal, Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine which indicates what an increase in circulating adult stem cells can be linked to increased regeneration of cells in the body.  In a somewhat similar situation, the Olathe Animal Hospital in Kansas has made some ground breaking procedures with adult stem cell therapy.  They were able to extract adult stem cells from the fatty tissue in a dog, have it processed and ultimately replace those extracted adult stem cells back into the injured area of the dog.  To date the dog has experienced less pain and is able to move around easier than prior to the procedure.  Follow the link for an overview of the procedure and the results. 

Next week we will continue this discussion and talk about how to maximize the use of your own adult stem cells and how to help you body to improve overall health and wellness.  If you would like more information on how to enhance your adult stem cells, please feel free to visit our site at:  http://hawgwash.stemtechbiz.com/Default_US_EN.aspx .  If you have any questions regarding this or anything else, please feel free to e-mail us at hawgwash1@yahoo.com.

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