What Are Mesenchymal Stem Cells And Why Are They Important For Healing And Regeneration?
These master cells in our bodies have the capacity to change into any other type of cell in our body. This means they can can become skin cells, tissue cells, cartilage cells, muscle cells and many others. They have the ability to replicate substantially compared to normal cells.
However, as we age, our stem cells do as well. They become less effective over time at regenerating. This is a big factor in why we age and our bodies deteriorate as we get older.
What if we could inject brand new Mesenchymal stem cells directly into the areas of pain and degeneration? The ability to heal and regenerate tissue could be significant. This is precisely the concept behind the Regenerative Medicine program.
Mesenchymal Stem Cells Can Transform Into Other Cell Types
What Type Of Mesenchymal Stem Cells Do We Use?
We only use the Umbilical Stem Cells, which come from the the umbilical cord of newborn babies AFTER they are born. The other types of stem cells are Autologous stem cells (which come from your own body) and the controversial Embryonic cells, which come from developing embryos.
Why We Use Umbilical Cord Derived Mesenchymal Stem Cells
Not all stem cells are created equal, and to that end we only utilize umbilical cord-derived stem cells. Mesenchymal stem cells from the umbilical cord blood are known to have three very important properties: they help reduce inflammation; modulate the immune system; and secrete factors that helps tissue to regenerate.
Umbilical cord stem cells are less mature than other cells, so the body’s immune system is unable to recognize them as foreign. Umbilical cord stem cells also proliferate more efficiently than older cells, such as those found in the bone marrow and therefore, they are considered to be more potent.
What are mesenchymal stem cells (MSC’s)?
In scientific terms, they are multipotent stromal (connective tissue) cells that stimulates your body to differentiate them into a variety of cell types, including neurons, cartilage, fat, blood (red, white or platelet blood cells), bone, and muscle. Multipotent means they can develop into multiple types of cells, but divide a limited number of times (a built in safety mechanism). They are messengers that signal your body to activate self-healing and regeneration. The MSC’s themselves do not create new tissue or healing, they signal your body to activate a cascade of cellular functions. As we age, we have fewer mesenchymal stem cells, therefore getting a boost of day “0” MSC’s may help many conditions. Umbilical Cord Stem Cells contain a small, but significant amount of mesenchymal stem cells that signal self-healing and regeneration.
A Mesenchymal Stem Cell Can:
How do they work?
Human umbilical cord stem cells have an innate intelligence and activate the body’s own self-healing mechanisms. They seek out inflammation and degenerations. In other words, they give your body a boost of fresh, “day 0”, very young stem cells to help with regeneration. Our stem cells age with us and we lose a significant percentage over time. That’s why as we age. our body does not recover at the same rate as it did when we were younger.
Safe and regulated
Umbilical cord stem cells reside in the umbilical cords from healthy newborn babies and healthy mothers. Like all post-natal cells, they are categorized as “adult” mesenchymal stem cells. The umbilical cord tissue is donated by pre-screened and tested healthy mothers and healthy babies in the United States. We abide by the most stringent FDA and medical guidelines.
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For clarification, this type of mesenchymal stem cell comes from human umbilical cord stem cells – not an embryo While ethical debates have arisen about embryonic stem cell therapy, most everyone agrees that the use of amniotic allograft stem cells raises no ethical or moral concerns.
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