The human body depends on adult stem cells in the bone marrow to repair damage and stay healthy. The vital role adult stem cells play in both health and disease is one of the greatest health discoveries of modern times. As we age our stem cell production from our bone marrow declines. This is one of the causes of aging as well as exposure to various environmental (and sometimes dietary) toxins, stress, oxidation, inflammation and hormone decline.
The decline of adult stem cells can lead to un-repaired damage in virtually any body part, leading to tissue breakdown, aging and loss of health. Without active, vigorous adult stem cells good health is compromised long-term. Scientific anti-aging research shows adult stem cell release rates from the bone marrow drop at an astonishing rate as we age, as per the following percentages:
- 35 years – the stem cell release rate drops by 45%
- 50 years – the stem cell release rate drops by 50%
- 65 years – the stem cell release rate drops by 90% (leaving only 10% of adult stem cells circulating in the blood stream and this is when we need them the most to fight disease, sickness, and just plain ‘GETTING OLD”!
A baby has adult stem cell circulation of 100% in their blood stream. When a child fractures a leg or has injuries and illnesses, they heal and repair quite rapidly because their system of adult stem cell release into the blood stream is functioning at optimal levels. As we age, everything slows down. It takes longer to get over coughs and colds; longer for cuts and scrapes to heal; eventually longer to get out of bed in the morning. Part of the reason for this is that our adult stem cells are not released as efficiently from the bone marrow. Like a car or any other piece of equipment, over time our bodies begin to wear out. Stem cell nutrition is a way to maintain optimal health over time by maintaining optimal stem cell function (like a younger person)
The good news is it’s not too late to combat the aging process. Your OWN adult stem cells will fight the “look old … feel old” war. Think about it – have you ever noticed the length of time it takes for a cut or bruise to heal now compared to when you were a teenager? The reason being you have less healthy adult stem cells circulating in your system now, compared to then.
How does an increase in the number of circulating stem cells lead to optimal health?
Circulating stem cells can reach various organs and become cells of that organ, helping such organ regain and maintain optimal health. Recent studies have suggested that the number of circulating stem cells is a key factor; the higher the number of circulating stem cells the greater is the ability of the body at healing itself. Scientific interest in adult stem cells has cantered on their ability to divide or self-renew indefinitely, and generate all the cell types of the organ from which they originate, potentially regenerating the entire organ from a few cells. Adult stem cells are already being used clinically to treat many diseases. These include as reparative treatments with various cancers, autoimmune disease such as multiple sclerosis, lupus and arthritis, anomies including sickle cells anemia and immunodeficiencies. Adult stem cells are also being used to treat patients by formation of cartilage, growing new corneas to restore sight to blind patients, treatments for stroke, and several groups are using adult stem cells to repair damage after heart attacks. Early clinical trials have shown initial success in patient treatments for Parkinsons disease and spinal cord injury. The first FDA approved trial to treat juvenile diabetes in human patients is ready to begin at Harvard Medical School, using adult stem cells.