What are Stem Cells
Every organ from skin to bone in our bodies grew out of a cluster of stem cells, early in development. A stem cell differs from every other cell in the body in its ability to renew itself. It can divide into many more just like it.
Stem cells are mother cells that have the potential to become any type of cell in the body. Think of our skin. Our skin needs constant renewal that could not take place without stem cells. They start in the embryo as un-programmed cells, then become specialized to create bone, muscle, skin, the heart, the brain, and over 250 other types of specialized cells. These are called pluripotent stem cells.
Stem cells are the foundation of development of all life including plants, animals and humans. In humans, there are many different types of stem cells that come from different places in the body or are formed at different times in our lives.
Stem cells are defined by two characteristics:
- They can make copies of themselves, or self-renew
- They can differentiate, or develop, into more specialized cells
Beyond these two things, though, stem cells differ a great deal in their behaviors and capabilities. The younger the stem cell, the more powerful the effects. The younger more vibrant cells have new telomeres and genetics. The younger the cell the closer to original life enhancing potential….to slow the march of time. We want to be ‘forever young’ to keep that feeling of “Youngevity.”