26 Jul The Benefits of Amniotic Fluid
Amniotic fluid is one of the products of conception that have recently been shown to have many benefits for regenerative therapy. Like other products of conception, amniotic fluid can be donated by a healthy adult as part of a scheduled c-section. There is no ethical issue at play during the donation, as there is no threat of harm to either mother or child. Since amniotic fluid serves to protect and provide nutrients to the developing fetus, it has inherent properties that can help to manage many different ailments and injuries.
Beneficial Properties of Amniotic Fluid
Recent discoveries have shown that amniotic fluid has significant growth factors, stem cell activators, hyaluronic acid, and antimicrobial properties. All of these factors together make amniotic fluid a great option for repairing soft tissue damage. It’s also immunologically privileged, which means that the chances of rejection of amniotic derived stem cells in a stranger are so low as to be almost non-existent. To give you a better understanding of each of these beneficial properties, we’ll go over them one by one.
Growth Factors – Growth factors are helpful for repairing damaged tissue because they help the survival and proliferation of regenerative cells in the affected area. They are regulatory molecules that bind to cell structures and are essential for cell repair. As you can imagine, the growth factors in amniotic fluid show promise in regenerative medicine.
Hyaluronic Acid – This naturally occurring acid has been shown to have many different benefits. It is currently used to promote healthier skin, help heal wounds, relieve dry eyes, and help with acid reflux. Another great benefit from hyaluronic acid is that, when injected into a joint, it can help to keep the joint lubricated and prevent bones from rubbing together. Joints are one of the places that hyaluronic acid is naturally occurring, but as humans age, we can sometimes lose the lubricating acid in certain joints. Since it is naturally occurring, it has been proven extremely safe with little to no side effects. Plus, it has been shown to be an effective pain reliever for up to twelve months.
Antimicrobial Properties – In the womb, the amniotic fluid helps to protect the fetus from infection. As we now know, this is also helpful for preventing infection when injected into joints or other areas to promote healing. This is one reason why there has been little rejection or infection following amniotic-derived stem cell injection therapy.
The Many Uses of Amniotic Fluid
Amniotic fluid has been used to promote healing for many years. One common use is to handle difficult wounds such as those found on diabetics. Another common use has been to prevent scar tissue from forming around the spinal column after spinal surgery. More recently, amniotic stem cell injections have been used to treat sports injuries like tennis elbow or golfers elbow. They’ve also shown promise in treating acquired brain injuries by promoting neuroprotection and possible repair.
Amniotic-derived stem cell injections have been used over ten thousand times in the U.S. alone, and many more times around the world. There have been no serious adverse effects reported, while the benefits have been plain to see.
Only the Best at R3
R3 Stem Cell Centers of Excellence only use FDA regulated labs to ensure that the highest concentration of regenerative cells are in the injections performed. There is no ethical dilemma involved in the donation of amniotic fluid, and there is no chance of rejection when undertaking amniotic stem cell therapy. While other methods only serve to mask the pain that patients are feeling, amniotic procedures help harness your own body’s regenerative capabilities.
If you have any questions about the numerous regenerative therapies and all the success stories we have seen at R3, you can talk to a professional about the different regenerative procedure options.