Chances are pretty good that you have heard of stem cells at one point or another. But, unless you’re a scientist or a doctor, you may not know exactly what stem cells are and what they do. As science continues to advance and as we learn more and more about these amazing cells in our bodies, the applications for medicine and overall health abound, and there are very exciting advances happening in the field every single day.
One such example is a supplement called Active Stem, made by a company called LCR Health. Active Stem works to improve and maintain the health of your pre-existing stem cells, so they’re able to proliferate and continue to help you stay healthy.
But in order to appreciate supplements like Active Stem, it’s important to understand what stem cells are and what they can do for you.
Stem Cells 101: The Basics
What Are Stem Cells?
In order to understand stem cells, it is best to start from the beginning…the very beginning. Stem cells are the building blocks of life. There are two types of stem cells: embryonic and non-embryonic; the latter are also called “somatic” or “adult” stem cells. They’re the building blocks of life because in the earliest stages of human development (and other mammalian development for that matter), the inner stem cells of the embryo hold the keys to developing the body’s most essential cell types. These other cells will later be responsible for creating critical, life-supporting organs including the heart, lungs, and skin, among many others.1
Active Stem understands the potential implications of supporting these powerful cells. The unique ingredients that are combined in the Active Stem supplement were selected specifically to boost your cognitive function, enhance joint and muscle strength, and increase longevity.
More on Adult Stem Cells
Additionally, adult stem cells aren’t like other cells in the human body. For starters, they aren’t specific or unique to any part of the body. For instance, there are cells that are specifically designed for your circulatory system (white and red blood cells are an example) which are quite different from the cells that contribute to your immune system (T cells).
Additionally, adult stem cells differentiate themselves from other cells in the body with their incredible ability–under the right circumstances–to become specific types of cells.2 In other words, given the right conditions, stem cells can transform and become specific for body tissue or certain organs. This is just the tip of the iceberg; given stem cells’ unique properties, more and more scientists are actively researching ways people can take advantage of these dynamic cells.3
With Active Stem’s unique ingredients, you may be able to capitalize on these scientific breakthroughs to improve your own adult stem cells.
What Do Stem Cells Do?
Stem cells are also credited for repairing damaged tissues. These resilient, versatile cells can essentially divide and replicate themselves as much as they need, without limit, to replenish and support other cells. What makes a stem cell unique in this regard is that when each stem cell divides, it then has the ability to either remain a stem cell or transform into another type of cell that has a more specialized function in the body.2
As far as application to scientific needs and improved human health, the implications of stem cell research are endless. Take ageing, for instance. As humans, we age with time. But what does it mean to “age?” Scientifically speaking, when we age it is simply a decline in the body’s ability to regenerate the necessary tissues to sustain life past a certain point. The question is this: does this phenomenon happen because of the fact that stem cells age, or is it because of some overall decline in stem cell function in an older body?
While the answer to those questions remains, elusive, this much is clear: by understanding the connection between stem cells and age, it is no wonder that health products such as Active Stem have such a loyal and devoted following. By combining well-known ingredients that can potentially have anti-ageing affects (L-carnosine) and improved muscle quality (leucine), it is no surprise that Active Stem is part of the daily regimen of so many people.4,5
Stem Cells and You
Everyone is born with stem cells, but as you get older, either their ability to regenerate goes away or stem cells themselves age. No matter the answer, the problem remains the same: as people get older, their joints tend to ache more and they lose a step with their memory. Active Stem was created to supplement the body’s natural resources. By combining ingredients that may improve cognition and reduce joint pain, Active Stem is one way you can give your body an added boost to keep feeling like yourself!