How YOUR Own Stem Cells Can Support Your Brain
Stem Cells Can Form New Brain CellsThe magnitude of this phenomenon was finally revealed when stem cells were observed to have the ability of migrating into the brain and forming new brain cells. These observations originally came from studies testing the feasibility of bone marrow transplant for the treatment of leukemia. Soon after the bone marrow transplant, stem cells were seen to migrate into the brain and becoming brain cells. In one study, new neurons accounted for up to 1% of all neurons in the brain six years after bone marrow transplant. So in the absence of any injury, the formation of new neurons in the brain could amount in one’s lifetime to an estimated 13% of the brain.
So if the brain can repair, and stem cells appear to be a source of new brain cells, the focus rapidly morphed into a search for methods of tapping into the potential of adult stem cells for various brain problems.
Stem Cells Can Improve The Outcome Of A StrokeA stroke is caused by a blockage or rupture of the cerebral artery, leading to the death of parts of the brain that in turn leads to significant motor and cognitive deficits, which can dramatically reduce one’s quality of life. If a treatment is not applied soon after the incident, the consequences are typically irreversible.
Stem cells injected into the brain after a stroke are able to migrate to the site of the injury and improve brain function. But the injection of stem cells in the brain requires sophisticated medical intervention with direct access to the brain. Alternatively, when stem cells were simply injected into the bloodstream, surprisingly this simple approach led to the significant recovery of motor and cognitive functions. Likewise, the simple stimulation of Endogenous Stem Cell Mobilization, the release of one’s own stem cells, has also allowed for substantial improvements. Similar results were obtained with other brain problems.