Do you have an idea of the natural healing potential that is available in your body?
Read on to find out where your body stores these powerful stem cells.
Adult stem cells are autologous, i.e. harvested from your own body as a part of your stem cell procedure. They are undifferentiated cells found among differentiated cells within the body. Their primary role is to maintain and repair the tissue in which they are located.
Adult stem cells are found in the highest concentration in adipose (fat) tissue. In smaller concentrations, they are additionally found in your bone marrow. Beyond what is used for harvesting, stem cells are also found in blood, skin, muscles, and organs.
Adipose tissue provides the largest volume of adult stem cells (1,000 to 2,000 times the number of cells per volume found in bone marrow). Bone marrow provides some stem cells but more importantly provides a large volume of growth factors to aid in the repair process. In addition to adult stem cells, fat tissue also contains numerous other regenerative cells that are important to the healing process.
Stem cells derived from adipose fat tissue have been shown to be a much better source for the repair of cartilage degeneration and recent studies have demonstrated its superior ability to differentiate into cartilage.
There are some misconceptions about stem cells and where they come from. Dr. Brandt has dedicated a blog post to important topic.