Cord Blood Awareness Month – Stem Cells
July is Cord Blood Awareness Month in the United States, and today on the blog, we take a look at what cord blood is used for and what are some of the benefits from the use of cord blood stem cells.
What is Cord Blood?
First and foremost, cord blood is the blood that is left in the umbilical cord and the placenta after the child is born. Cord blood is the most potent and non-controversial source of stem cells that is known. The stem cells that can be extracted from cord blood can be used to treat more that 80 life-threatening illnesses and diseases, including some cancers, genetic disorders, and immune deficiencies.
It is also important to note that neither the mother nor the child is harmed during the extraction or collection of the cord blood, and the collection does not interfere with the childbirth process at all.
Advantages of Cord Blood Stem Cells
- Cord blood is a non-controversial source of stem cells.
- The collection process of the blood is not harmful to neither the mother nor the child.
- Cord blood research has revealed its potential to be used in regenerative medicine and even cure diseases.
- Stem cells from cord blood are almost 10 times more resistant to infections.
- Cord blood contains the “youngest” and most adaptable form of cells – this is why the body is more likely to accept these cells into its system.