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Your fat cells can help repair aged and damaged skin cells

Fat is often perceived as the enemy to weight loss seekers. But the truth is you need adipose. In scientific terms, your fat cells are called adipose tissue. They have recently been found to have a positive influence on neighboring cells. They may even help repair cells that are causing your wrinkles or the dark spots on your skin.

Recent research has shown that the stem cells of adipose tissue, called adipose-derived stem cells (ADSCs) send out growth factor signals to the damaged cells around themto undergo repair. Stem cells are early-stage cells that can mature into different types of full-grown cells. Human growth factors are chemical signals sent from one cell to another instructing them to grow, heal or even die. In a 2009 study recorded in the Archives of Dermatological Research, scientists from the Kangbuk Samsung School of Medicine in Seoul South Korea studied the protective role of ADSCs.

As we age and as we are exposed to the ultraviolet rays of the sun, the skin undergoes many changes includingdiscoloration, thinning and loss of elasticity. These changes produce the signs of ageing such as dark spots, sagging skin, and wrinkles. Some of the more severe conditions can be precancerous or cancerous.

The ADSCs in your body send growth factor signals to these damaged cells and the other cells surrounding them. They help stimulate the production of collagen and elastin in these damaged cells. Collagen and elastin are the primary proteins in our skin that give it volume and support. The more collagen and elastin produced, the stronger the skin and the fewer wrinkles there are.

ADSCs that were introduced to cells with pre-cancerous characteristics had a positive effect. They slowed the growth of new precancerous tissue. What’s more, the ADSCs also protected surrounding cells ( that create new healthy tissue) from being affected by the pre-cancerous cells.

In another 2011 study from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, researchers documented the astounding regenerative capabilities of ADSCs. They documented numerous clinical trials that demonstrated ADSCs cellular regeneration abilities in medical subspecialties including skin and tissue regeneration, muscle regeneration, cardiovascular cellular regeneration of lung and heart cells, and nervous system cell regeneration of the spinal cord cells.

As it relates to the skin, they reported the substantial role the ADSCs played in the healing of wounds.When the skin is pierced the repair mechanisms of the surrounding damaged cells are often insufficient to regenerate optimal healing conditions. But with the introduction of ADSCs into the area, the recovery was substantially greater.

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Lauren Stewart
By: Lauren Stewart

Lauren Stewart is a freelancer writer from Michigan. She enjoys writing about beauty, health and fitness! She is passionate about learning new ways to take control of her health and wellness and is a makeup and skincare junkie! You can contact her by emailing