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What is it?
STEMTech AFA Extract is a breakthrough, natural botanical extract that supports wellness by helping your body maintain healthy stem cell physiology. It is the very first product on the market from the latest phytoceutical product category called “stem cell enhancers”.
What are stem cell enhancers?
Recent scientific developments have revealed that stem cells derived from the bone marrow, travel throughout the body, and act to support optimal organ and tissue function. Stem cell enhancers are products that support the natural role of adult stem cells.
Why do I need this product?
As you age, the number and quality of stem cells that circulate in your body gradually decrease, leaving your body more susceptible to injury and other age-related health challenges.
Just as antioxidants are important to protect your cells from “free radical” damage, stem cell enhancers are equally important to support your stem cells in maintaining proper organ and tissue functioning in your body.
How does it work?
When you take two capsules, the ingredients help to support the release of stem cells from the bone marrow into the bloodstream. Through a natural process, those stem cells then travel to areas of the body where they are most needed.
What are stem cells?
Stem cells can be thought of as “master” cells. You’ve probably heard about the controversy of embryonic stem cells in the news. Stem cells are found in human embryos, but are also found in adult tissue.
Adult stem cells are most abundantly found in bone marrow. Stem cells circulate and function to replace dysfunctional cells, thus fulfilling the natural process of maintaining optimal health. STEMTech AFA Extract supports the release of adult stem cells from bone marrow into circulation.
The recent advances in stem cell research were listed as one of the most significant health-related stories in the past 25 years by CNN, second only to the complete mapping of the human genome.
Is STEMTech AFA Extract scientifically studied?
Yes. Several clinical studies have been conducted on the product, in addition to several in-vitro trials.
Where is it available?
STEMTech AFA Extract is only available through STEMTech HealthSciences, Inc. and its independent distributors. The formulation is patented and is the first of its kind on the market.
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Frequently Asked Questions:
1. What is a stem cell?
A stem cell is a cell that has the ability to duplicate itself endlessly and to become cells of virtually any organ and tissue of the body. Embryonic stem cells are cells extracted from the blastula, the very early embryo, that have an exceptional ability to duplicate in vitro, that is in a test tube, and to become cells of almost any tissue. Adult stem cells are cells found in an organism after birth. Until very recently, it was believed that adult stem cells could only become blood cells, bone and connective tissue. But recent development over the past 5 years have revealed that adult stem cells have capabilities similar to embryonic stem cells.
2. What is the Stem Cell Theory of Renewal?
The Stem Cell Theory of Renewal proposes that stem cells are naturally released by the bone marrow and travel via the bloodstream toward tissues to promote the body’s natural process of renewal. When an organ is subjected to a process that requires renewal, such as the natural aging process, this organ releases compounds that trigger the release of stem cells from the bone marrow. The organ also releases compounds that attracts stem cells to this organ. The released stem cells then follow the concentration gradient of these compounds and leave the blood circulation to migrate to the organ where they proliferate and differentiate into cells of this organ, supporting the natural process of renewal.
3. Why do we hear much in the news about embryonic stem cells and very little about adult stem cells?
The first human embryonic stem cells were grown in vitro, in a petri dish, in the mid 1990s. Rapidly, scientists were successful at growing them for many generations and to trigger their differentiation into virtually any kind of cells, i.e. brain cells, heart cells, liver cells, bone cells, pancreatic cells, etc. When scientists tried growing adult stem cells, the endeavor was met with less success, as adult stem cells were difficult to grow in vitro for more than a few generations. This led to the idea that embryonic stem cells have more potential than adult stem cells. In addition, the ethical concerns linked to the use of embryonic stem cells have led to a disproportionate representation of embryonic stem cells in the media.
But recent developments over the past 2-3 years have established that adult stem cells have capabilities comparable to embryonic stem cells in the human body, not in the test tube. Many studies have indicated that simply releasing stem cells from the bone marrow can help support the body’s natural process for renewal of tissues and organs.
4. What is the effect of STEMTech AFA Extract™?
STEMTech AFA Extract™ is a blend of two compounds extracted from the widely consumed aquatic botanical Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA). One extract, which contains an L-selectin ligand, supports the natural release of stem cells (CD34+ cells) from the bone marrow. The other extract, a polysaccharide-rich fraction named Migratose™, may support the migration of stem cells out of the blood into tissues.
5. What is the science behind STEMTech AFA Extract™?
The effect of STEMTech AFA Extract™ on stem cells was tested in a double-blind, placebo controlled, cross over study. In brief, volunteers rested for one hour before the first blood sample, which established the baseline level in the number of circulating stem cells. After the first blood samples, volunteers were given STEMTech AFA Extract™ or placebo. Thereafter, blood samples were taken at 30, 60 and 120 minutes after taking the consumables. The number of circulating stem cells was quantified by analyzing the blood samples using Fluorescence-Activated Cell Sorting (FACS). This was then done again with the volunteers switching groups. So whoever got STEMTech AFA Extract™ got placebo and visa versa. Since the study is blind no one, not even the scientists doing the study know which is placebo and which is STEMTech AFA Extract™. Consumption of STEMTech AFA Extract™ triggered a significant 25% increase in the number of circulating stem cells.
6. What is the recommended amount of STEMTech AFA ExtractTM to take?
One gram or 2 capsules of STEMTech AFA Extract™ supports the natural release and therefore increase in the number of circulating stem cells by 25% according to a recent published scientific study. The suggested amount to consume is therefore 2 capsules once or twice a day.
7. Can STEMTech AFA Extract deplete the bone marrow? Do we have a finite number of stem cells?
No, STEMTech AFA Extract™ will not deplete the bone marrow. The bone marrow constantly produces stem cells for the entire life of an individual. Stem cells released by the bone marrow are responsible for the constant renewal of red blood cells and lymphocytes (immune cells).
A 25-30% increase in the number of circulating stem cells is well within physiological range and does not constitute stress on the bone marrow environment. The amount of active bone marrow amounts to about 2,600 g (5.7 lbs), with about 1.5 trillion marrow cells. A 25-30% increase in the number of circulating stem cells triggered by the consumption of 1 gram of STEMTech AFA Extract™ corresponds to approximately 3 million cells, which is a small portion of the stem cells present in the bone marrow. Stem cells that do not reach any tissue or become blood cells return to the bone marrow.
8. What happened to stem cells if they do not reach a tissue?
Stem cells released from the bone marrow that do not reach a tissue simply home back to the bone marrow after some time.
9. Can stem cells lead to aberrations such as cancer?
Only embryonic stem cells have been associated with the development of aberrant growth. Stem cells present in specialized tissues such as the intestinal mucosa may also play a role in the development of aberrant growth. But stem cells released from the bone have not been associated with such problems.
10. Why has STEMTech HealthSciences elected to use the Network Marketing distribution channel?
The Stem Cell Theory of Renewal constitutes a new paradigm in health sciences. Likewise, STEMTech AFA Extract™ is the first product in a novel category of revolutionary products called “stem cells enhancers.” Stem cell enhancers are product that supports stem cell functions in the body. Given the novel nature of both the concept and the product, a significant effort of education is required to help people become aware of this new technology. The power of networking offers a unique opportunity to generate awareness and educate people about this new paradigm. Furthermore, the MLM channel offers unique opportunities for people to develop home-based businesses and create greater financial freedom.
11. How does an increase in the number of circulating stem cells lead to optimal health?
Circulating stem cells can reach various organs and become cells of that organ, helping such organ regain and maintain optimal health. Recent studies have suggested that the number of circulating stem cells is a key factor; the higher the number of circulating stem cells the greater is the ability of the body at healing itself.
12. What is the optimum way of taken STEMTech AFA Extract™ capsules?
STEMTech AFA Extract™ can be taken with or without food, though some people at times experience some heaviness when taken on an empty stomach. The same experience has been reported when taken with an acidic juice like orange juice. Otherwise, STEMTech AFA Extract can be taken with any fruit or vegetable juice, or with water.
In our studies, STEMTech AFA Extract™ was always taken in the morning. However, it is quite possible that STEMTech AFA Extract™ might bring greater benefits when taken before sleep, as the body tends to regenerate better during sleep. This being said, this remains to be studied. At this point, with the data available, the best way to take STEMTech AFA Extract™ is to take 2 capsules once or twice a day, in the morning or morning and evening.
13. Is STEMTech AFA Extract FDA approved?
No. FDA does not approve dietary supplements in the same way that FDA approves some drugs and medical devices. Nonetheless, FDA does regulate product quality, product safety, and product claims, and has authority to remove products from the market that are not safe or that make claims that are not substantiated by scientific evidence.
14. Is STEMTech AFA Extract™ truly natural? Organic? Non-genetically modified? Farmed?
STEMTech AFA Extract™ is made of two extracts from the aquatic botanicals Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA). AFA grows naturally in a pristine lake of Southern Oregon, it is therefore wildcrafted, not farmed or manipulated in anyway, hence no genetic modification. STEMTech AFA Extract™ is produced by an Organic certified facility and is certified Organic.
15. Are there any synthetic ingredients in STEMTech AFA Extract™? If so, what?
STEMTech AFA Extract™ is made of 100% natural AFA extracts.
16. Is STEMTech AFA Extract™ actually patented, or has the company only applied for a patent?
One patent has been issued on STEMTech AFA Extract™ and another one has been filed. The issued patent is a Use Patent that pertains to the use of AFA for supporting stem cell physiology. The second patent is a Composition Patent that pertains to the specific components in AFA responsible stem cell support.
17. How is STEMTech AFA Extract™ different from whole AFA?
Whole AFA has been used for more than two decades with a very good track record of safety and health benefits. Whole AFA has been used as a natural anti-inflammatory product, to support the immune system, and to improve mental clarity and mental energy. Over the past few years STEMTech’s scientific team has isolated and identified the various components in AFA responsible for the various health benefits of AFA. In brief, AFA has been found to contain phenylethylamine (PEA) responsible for providing a feeling of mental energy, phycocyanin responsible for the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, a polysaccharide responsible for supporting the immune system, and most recently an L-selectin ligand responsible for supporting the release of stem cells from the bone marrow.
STEMTech AFA Extract is a 5:1 concentrate of AFA that concentrates the four compounds listed above. It is specifically designed and developed to support stem cell physiology, but it also concentrates other compounds unique to AFA, bringing unique support for the whole body.
18. What are other ways of increasing your stem cell blood level?
Due to the novelty of the concept of supporting the release of one’s own stem cells, very little scientific work has been done so far to identify compounds or conditions that increase the release of stem cells from the bone marrow. So far, STEMTech AFA Extract is the only natural compound shown to support the release of stem cells from the bone marrow.
19. What are the ingredients?
The ingredients are listed in the Supplement Fact box of the label, as stipulated by the Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act. One serving is obtained with 2 capsules, totaling 1 gram of cyanophyta extracts. STEMTech AFA Extract™ is made of only two ingredients that are extracted from the same plant, Aphanizomenon flos-aquae. Labeling laws require listing any nutrient found in an amount superior to 2% of the daily recommendation. Carotenoids and proteins are found in significant amount in STEMTech AFA Extract™. Therefore, carotenoids and proteins that are naturally present in STEMTech AFA Extract™ are listed on the label. Carotenoids are listed as vitamin A because they are measured as retinal equivalent.
20. Why does the label of STEMTech AFA Extract™ say to consult your physician if you are pregnant or nursing? What if I get pregnant while I am taking STEMTech AFA Extract™?
Many products carry such warnings out of an abundance of caution rather than any known pregnancy risk. We know of no evidence that consuming STEMTech AFA Extract™ during pregnancy creates a health risk.
21. Does STEMTech AFA Extract™ contain iodine?
Most people think that all algae are a significant source of iodine. This is not the case with the freshwater algae Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA). The Recommended Daily Allowance of iodine is 150 mcg. AFA has an extremely small amount of iodine, only 0.39 mcg per gram. Marine algae and seaweed by contrast are significant sources of iodine. For example one gram of Kelp of the species Laminaria digitata contains approximately 5000 mcg of iodine. Iodized salt contains 100 mcg per gram and one teaspoon of iodized salt contains 400 mcg of iodine. Other examples of foods that contain iodine are one slice of bread has about 6 mcg and one medium egg has 14 mcg of iodine.
22. Can you take STEMTech AFA Extract if you are being treated by a health care practitioner for a specific ailment or are taking medications of any kind?
As with any dietary supplement it is recommended that if you are being treated by a health care practitioner or are taking medications of any kind that you consult with your practitioner prior to taking STEMTech AFA Extract.
23. Why does the label say for people on anticoagulants to consult their physician prior to taking STEMTech AFA ExtractTM and what information does their physician need?
The issue pertains to the anticoagulant medication called Coumadin™ or Warfarin. People on warfarin are usually advised by their prescribing physician to pay attention to the amount of vitamin K in their diet. Like many foods STEMTech AFA Extract contains naturally occurring vitamin K. So, taking STEMTech AFA Extract would be just like eating a food with vitamin K like broccoli or spinach. The Recommended Daily Allowance of vitamin K is 80 mcgs. Just let the physician know that 2 capsules of STEMTech AFA Extract have approximately 40 mcgs of vitamin K, which is ½, the RDA of vitamin K. To give you an example of comparisons to other foods one cup of broccoli, raw, chopped has “about” 110% of the RDA (or 88 mcg) of vitamin K. A ½ cup of spinach, fresh, boiled has about 555% of the RDA (or 444 mcgs) of vitamin K.
24. Can STEMTech AFA Extract™ be taking with medications? Please see FAQ regarding STEMTech AFA Extract™ and anticoagulant medications.
As for medications other than anticoagulants, there are no known interactions or contraindications except for a possible theoretical only interaction with anti-depressant medications. STEMTech AFA Extract contains a naturally occurring nutrient known as PEA (phenylethylamine) as do some other naturally occurring foods. PEA is naturally produced by the brain and known in the literature to support mood and mental energy. PEA is a natural compound made by the brain whenever one feels content and happy; it has been described as “the molecule of joy”. STEMTech AFA Extract™ contains approximately 5 mg per gram of STEMTech AFA Extract. Interactions with antidepressant medications have not been reported but it is a theoretical consideration and people should consult their healthcare practitioner.
25. Can STEMTech AFA Extract™ be taken if you have health conditions?
STEMTech AFA Extract™ contains a naturally occurring nutrient known as PEA (phenylethylamine) as do some other naturally occurring foods. PEA is naturally produced by the brain and known in the literature to support mood and mental energy. PEA is a natural compound made by the brain whenever one feels content and happy; it has been described as “the molecule of joy”. STEMTech AFA Extract™ contains approximately 5 mg per gram of STEMTech AFA Extract. Due to the PEA content of STEMTech AFA Extractthere is a theoretical possibility that it may be contraindicated in people with mania or bipolar disorder. This is theoretical only and people should consult their health care practitioner prior to taking STEMTech AFA Extract. STEMTech AFA Extractsupports the natural release of our stem cells. There is a theoretical possibility that it may be contraindicated in people having a disease of the bone marrow. This is theoretical only and is not based on any know ill effect. People should consult their health care practitioner prior to taking STEMTech AFA Extract.
26. Can a person of any age take STEMTech AFA ExtractTM?
Yes, just follow the directions on the label and do so under adult supervision.
27. Are our capsules vegetarian?
Yes. STEMTech HealthSciences uses vegetarian capsules commonly used in the dietary supplement industry. They contain no gelatin of animal by-product of any kind. They are essentially made of cellulose, a polysaccharide fiber found in vegetables.
28. Does the radiation done by some shipping services hurt STEMTech products?
As far as we know, our products are not affected by radiation. In addition, STEMTech HealthSciences offers shipment via FeDex, which does not radiate its packages.
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