Where do stem cells come from?

Many people ask, “Where do stem cells come from? Do you get them from each patient (i.e. autologous) or do you get them somewhere else?” This question is one of the most common questions in this industry. Two of the most well known sources for stem cell products are 1) umbilical cord blood and 2) amniotic tissue. Both of these sources are very rich in stem cells. They each contain high levels of mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), otherwise known as the master stem cell. Blood from the umbilical cord also contains another type of stem cell called a hematopoietic stem cell. Hematopoietic stem cells can become blood cells, once injected into the body. On the other hand, MSC’s can become many types of cells such as cells that create cartilage, tendons, ligaments, nerves, etc.

One advantage for using products sourced from umbilical cord blood and amniotic tissue, compared to the autologous stem cells, is these stem cells are very young. More specifically, there are millions and millions of stem cells in the products our clinic uses. Why is this so important? As we age, the ratio of stem cells in our body decreases. For example, on average, every one cell per every 10,000 cells in a newborn is a stem cell. By the time we are 30, on average, every one cell per every 250,000 cells is a stem cell. As we continue to age to 80 years old, approximately every one cell per every 2 million cells is a stem cell. You see the pattern. As we age, our bodies have less and less stem cells to work with. As you learned last week, stem cells get recruited throughout our lifespans to do very important jobs. Getting a fresh boost of stem cells from a young source, such as umbilical cord blood or amniotic tissue, can help the body regenerate and recover from what might have been damaged in our bodies over time.


For more information, please contact us and we would love to further educate you on our clinic and the therapies we offer here in Dripping Springs.


Breca Tracy, PhD
Director of Science & Operations
800 Hwy 290 W, Building F, Suite 200
Dripping Springs, TX 78620