What are Stem Cells?

July 19, 2017

“By the time you finish reading this sentence, 50 million of your stem cells will have died and will have been replaced by others.”

Stem cells are the building blocks from which every organ and tissue in the human body is formed. There are roughly between ten (10) and one hundred (100) trillion cells in the human body. Billions of cells need to be replaced every day in order for the body to remain healthy. Modern science is focused on how stem cells can be used to address a wide range of health issues. Of particular interest to researchers are primitive stem cells.

 

Primitive stem cells are adult cells that have the amazing ability to change into all the different types of specialized cells needed to aide the body in recovering and repairing itself; two functions that are critical to one’s overall longevity and wellbeing. Your body is constantly undergoing a process of regeneration. With the exception of some stem cells in the cortex that are with us from the time we’re born until the time we die, our cells are in a constant state of renewal.

According to Deepak Chopra’s “Ageless Mind, Timeless Body”, the regeneration rates in a healthy body are:

  •  New skin every 30 days.
  • New liver every 45 days.
  • New stomach lining every 5 days.
  • New skeleton in 7 years.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) also noted that stem cells “have the remarkable potential to develop into many different cell types in the body during early life and growth. In addition, in many tissues, they serve as a sort of internal repair system, dividing essentially without limit to replenish other cells as long as the person or animal is still alive. When a stem cell divides, each new cell has the potential either to remain a stem cell or become another type of cell with a more specialized function, such as a muscle cell, a red blood cell, or a brain cell.”