What Are Stem Cells and Why They Matter

by | Aug 17, 2017 | Stem Cell Preservation

You’ve heard controversies about stem cells and wondered what they are and how they work. Perhaps you’ve heard that companies and doctors are now using these cells to treat and even cure disease. Could they help you? Whether you suffer from joint pain or a more serious health complication, it is likely that, at some point, you will learn that stem cells can help. But what are they and why should you be looking for this type of treatment?

Defining Them

Stem cells are a very important component of the body. What makes them different from other cell types is that they are unspecialized cells, which have the ability to change into other types of cells in your body. This means that they can renew themselves to repair damaged tissue such as muscle, tendons, ligaments and cartilage. Umbilical cord stem cells have the potential to naturally control your immune system which is necessary for decreasing inflammation and healing the tissue. This source of stem cells also allows for more viable and healthy stem cells, in comparison to other sources of stem cells.
Why They Matter

Considering just how unique these cells are, it is easy to see why they matter so much. What we know is that the body has a large number of stem cells in it and, when harvested from healthy umbilical cord tissue and re-implanted in the damaged area, they can go to work to rebuild tissues. Though this is a very beginning level of understanding of how stem cells work, the underlying benefit here is that they are transforming the way medicine works. Instead of complex treatments and surgeries, it may be possible to rebuild tissues – and in the long term perhaps organs – from stem cells. With these tools, it is possible to cure disease and improve the quality of life like no other solution before it.

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