[from facebook friend and research scientist Rhonda Patrick PhD]…..I’m super excited that I got my cord blood and placenta banking kit in today! Most people are familiar with banking cord blood, a source of hematopoietic stem cells which can form any blood cell type but are limited to blood cells. The placenta is not only a better source of hematopoietic stem cells because it contains 5-7 times more than cord blood, it also is a rich source of pluripotent stem cells, which are a variety of stem cells that can form cells of any other tissue type including neurons. My friend and former colleague, Dr. Frans Kuypers discovered that the human placenta was a source of pluripotent stem cells back in 2009… and yet the placenta is usually thrown away after delivery. Taking into consideration the fact that there are around 4 million live births in the United States per year alone, you’re talking about a lot of thrown away precious stem cells!
There are only a couple of companies that are currently banking placental stem cells. I decided to go with LifebankUSA (no affiliation) to bank my cord blood and placenta. I hope to see more well-established cord blood companies start banking placental tissue…it is so worth it. If you want to learn more about the placenta as a rich source of pluripotent stem cells you can listen to or watch my interview with Dr. Kuypers on iTunes or YouTube. The name of my podcast and youTube channel is called foundmyfitness. Just look for the interview with Dr. Kuypers (it is an old one).