Fucoidan’s Novel Role in Tissue Repair and Heart Health
Chris D. Meletis, ND (with permission from cpmedical.net, access pin: 587556)
The controversial discussions about stem cells that we hear in the news often revolve around the potential ability of embryonic stem cells to treat diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, autoimmune disease, burn victims, blood diseases, leukemia, and spinal injuries. Yet, adult stem cells already within our bodies play an equally important role in health regardless whether we are healthy or suffering from any of a number of health conditions.
Stem cells are the tool repair kits of the human body. They initiate true cellular healing of aging tissues and organs as well as reinvigorate tissues damaged by disease, toxins or trauma. Found in all multi-cellular organisms, stem cells renew themselves through mitotic cell division and can differentiate into a diverse range of specialized cell types. In the 1960s, Canadian scientists Ernest A. McCulloch and James E. Till were the first to extensively research these remarkable cells.1-2
There are two primary types of mammalian stem cells: embryonic stem cells and adult stem cells that are found in adult tissues. In a developing embryo, stem cells can differentiate into all of the specialized embryonic tissues. In adults, stem cells and progenitor cells help to repair the body, replenishing specialized cells and maintaining the normal turnover in regenerative organs, such as blood, skin or intestinal tissues. Stem cells mobilize to a diseased or injured site where they repair or replace damaged tissue. Remarkably, this means they have the ability to reverse disease and injury. After a heart attack, for example, stem cells can replace damaged heart muscle with new muscle cells