Monday, February 2, 2009

Differences Embryonic Versus Adult Stem Cells

You’ve probably heard in the news about the controversy of embryonic stem cells. Indeed, stem cells are found in human embryos, but they are also found in adult tissue. Adult stem cells are most abundantly found in bone marrow.
Stem cell enhancers are one of the most recent breakthroughs in natural health care.
What is it and how can it help you maintain great health?
First let’s talk about stem cells. Stem cells can be thought of as “master” cells.
You’ve probably heard in the news about the controversy of embryonic stem cells. Indeed, stem cells are found in human embryos, but they are also found in adult tissue. Adult stem cells are most abundantly found in bone marrow.
What they do is to circulate and function to replace dysfunctional cells, thus fulfilling the natural process of maintaining optimal health.
In other words, a stem cell is a cell that has the ability to duplicate itself endlessly and to become cells of virtually any organ and tissue of the body.
Embryonic stem cells are cells extracted from the very early embryo, which has an exceptional ability to duplicate in a test tube, and to become cells of almost any tissue. Adult stem cells are cells found in an organism after birth. Until very recently, it was believed that adult stem cells could only become blood cells, bone and connective tissue. But recent developments over the past 5 years have revealed that adult stem cells have capabilities similar to embryonic stem cells.
So while there is controversy about the use of embryonic stem cells, recent advances in stem cell research were listed as one of the most significant health-related stories in the past 25 years by CNN, second only to the complete mapping of the human genome.
I’ve studied this topic for some time. I’m always looking for ways to maintain or improve my health, and I have a great interest in helping other people to do the same for themselves.
Thus I’m interested in what science and modern medicine have to offer us.
The benefits of stem cell enhancers are considerable.
Basically, stem cell enhancers support the release of adult stem cells from bone marrow into circulation. They also support stem cell functions in the body.
Consider that as you age, the number and quality of stem cells that circulate in your body gradually decrease, leaving your body more susceptible to injury and other age-related health challenges. Just as antioxidants are important to protect your cells from “free radical” damage, stem cell enhancers are equally important to support your stem cells in maintaining proper organ and tissue functioning in your body.
So, a new theory, known as the Stem Cell Theory of Renewal proposes that stem cells are naturally released by the bone marrow and travel via the bloodstream toward tissues to promote the body’s natural process of renewal. When an organ is subjected to a process that requires renewal, such as the natural aging process, this organ releases compounds that trigger the release of stem cells from the bone marrow.
The organ also releases compounds that attract stem cells to this organ. The released stem cells then follow the concentration gradient of these compounds and leave the blood circulation to migrate to the organ where they proliferate and differentiate into cells of this organ, supporting the natural process of renewal.
If for some reason the stem cells released from the bone marrow do not reach a tissue, they simply home back to the bone marrow after some time. So there are no side effects.
Recent studies suggest that the number of circulating stem cells is a key factor; the higher the number of circulating stem cells the greater the ability of the body to heal itself.
I’m pretty well sold on the fact that stem cell enhancers, using stem cells from adult bone marrow, are the newest and perhaps brightest promise we have for helping us keep or regain optimum health.

1 comment:

Jacki Smith said...

With all the controversy around embryonic stem cells, the moral issues as well as the already known side effects they cause....why would anyone want to use them. With the new trials that Obama and his cabinet have approved maybe once and for all they will see that this is not the option. We already have scientific evidence proving numerous conditions are improved with adult stem cells. With the latest scientific studies documenting that we have the ability to release our own adult stem cells, using an all natural supplement, the need for stem cell transplants may not be as great. Our bodies are designed to live in optimal health. Science is proving that it is possible and adult stem cell renewal is the answer.