Posted on Dec 10, 2018, 10 p.m.
Stem cell enhancers are supposed to improve health by supporting adult stem cells within the body. The question remains if they are worth it, in a word no, they are getting the thumbs down, according to Andrew Weil, M.D.
Stem cell enhancers typically are sold on the interwebs as a means of releasing adult stem cells from bone marrow. These are often accompanied by promoters claiming these cells will then travel throughout the body to weak and/or aging organs to help restore them to optimal health. These products will even have testimonials from users who credit them with reducing hot flashes, heartburn, easing withdrawal symptoms, and curing chronic back and knee pain.
Most of these products sold as stem cell enhancers contain extracts from Aphanizomenon flos acquae which manufacturers will claim to contain components that will boost mental energy, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, and support the immune system in addition to releasing stem cells from bone marrow.
According to this report there was no scientific evidence found to support any of these claims. Furthermore the author doesn’t support supplementation of blue-green algae of this species as it is believed to contain neurotoxins that may increase the risk of degenerative diseases of the central nervous system; beta methylamino-L-alanine components are of particular concern as it is linked to a neurological disorder prevalent in Guam that resembles Lou Gehrig’s disease and Parkinson’s disease, and has also been found in the brains of some Alzheimer’s disease patients.
Most of the stem cell enhancers that can be found on the interwebs cost about $1.00 per pill, one would be well better off to spend that money on organic produce for a healthy daily diet which you would get more out of.
When it comes to such products you have to keep in mind that you get what you pay for. Such research is new and showing great promising which will fuel the creation and supply of many products to fill a demand. However, until regulated, many products may come from unscrupulous sources feeding on the want/demand from uninformed consumers grasping for their share of promising news. If you must buy a product, do some research and be sure to purchase product from a reputable source to make sure it is of good quality and that you are not putting yourself in possible harms way.
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