Stem cells are your body’s internal repair system

You may already know about storing blood from a baby’s umbilical cord, which contains young stem cells, for therapeutic use in the event of serious illness. But what you may not know is that adults can collect and store their own stem cells too. While your own cord blood may never have been collected, you can still take advantage of the restorative power of your adult stem cells by collecting and storing them now. Adult stem cells have unique characteristics that allow them to repair damaged tissues in your body.

Remarkable ability to repair, renew and replenish

Your adult stem cells are unspecialized, which means they have the potential to develop into many different cell types. Unspecialized stem cells can replicate and each new cell has the potential to either remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a specialized function, such as a red blood cell or a brain cell.1

Stem cells can continue to divide for a long period of time to repair and replace worn out tissue. Because stem cells can divide many times, they can produce many cells. Most of the time, however, stem cells are at rest, and are only activated by messages from cell DNA to mount a strong, rapid response to tissue stress and injury. This restorative ability is important in maintaining the youthful functions of all of the tissues and organs in the body.

Because stem cells can repair and replace your body’s damaged cells and tissues, storing them can provide you with access to cutting-edge technologies to combat the effects of aging and treat numerous diseases or injury in the future. However, since your stem cells age as you age and lose their power to repair, the healthiest they will ever be is right now.

Learn why it’s important to collect and store your stem cells now.

REFERENCES:
  1. What are the unique properties of all stem cells? In: Stem Cell Information. Bethesda, MD: National Institutes of Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
    http://stemcells.nih.gov/info/basics/pages/basics2.aspx. Updated April 28, 2009. Accessed February 7, 2014.

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