SE 2™ Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
- Do Stemtech products contain stem cells?
- What do Stemtech products do?
- What role do adult stem cells play in the body?
- What is the benefit of taking SE2®?
- How long does SE2 work in the body?
- What is SE2 made from and how is it different than just whole Aphanizomenon flos-aquae?
- What is the recommended usage for SE2?
- What is the optimum way to take SE2?
- What is the science behind SE2?
- How was the scientific testing done?
- Can adult stem cells lead to abnormal cells such as cancer?
- Is SE2 approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)?
- Why does the SE2 label state “consult your physician if you are pregnant or nursing”? What if I get pregnant while I am taking SE2?
- Can SE2 be taken with other nutrients?
- Can SE2 be taken with other Stemtech adult stem cell nutrition products?
- Why does the label say that people taking anticoagulants should consult their physician prior to taking SE2, and what information does their physician need?
- Can SE2 be taken with medications?
- Can someone being treated by a health care practitioner with health conditions take SE2?
- What is Cordyceps?
1. Do Stemtech products contain stem cells?
Our products do not contain stem cells of any kind and are not associated with embryonic stem cells.
2. What do Stemtech products do?
Stemtech’s products support the natural release and activity of adult stem cells in the body.
3. What role do adult stem cells play in the body?
The US National Institutes of Health states that the role of adult stem cells in the body is that of tissue maintenance and repair.
4. What is the benefit of taking SE2™?
SE2 supports the natural release of your own adult stem cells from the bone marrow into circulation. Many scientific studies have shown that a greater amount of circulating adult stem cells equates to a greater quality of health.
5. How long does SE2 work in the body?
Two capsules (1100 mgs) of SE2 support the release of adult stem cells from the bone marrow for up to 3 hours.
6. What is SE2 made from and how is it different than just whole
Our new Advanced Formula contains StemRelease™ Complex, a patent-pending blend of proprietary nutrient-dense concentrates of Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA Concentrate)… PLUS three ingredients now discovered to work in partnership with AFA Concentrate to support a more significant increase in the release of adult stem cells:
Aphanizomenon flos-aquae (AFA Concentrate) is documented to support the natural release of adult stem cells from bone marrow.
Undaria pinnatifida is a marine alga from pristine ocean environments around the world well known to support the immune system. Fucoidan from Undaria Pinnatifida has been documented to support a long-lasting increase in the number of circulating stem cells.
Polygonum multiflorum extract is an herb with a long history of use to support health and rejuvenation. An extract of Polygonum multiflorum was recently documented to support the release of stem cells from the bone marrow.
Cordyceps sinensis is a synergistic ingredient that has been associated with stamina and longevity, and a wide variety of health benefits. When used with AFA Concentrate, fucoidan from Undaria pinnatifida and Polygonum multiflorum extract, it has been documented to synergistically support stem cell release.
7. What is the recommended usage for SE2?
The suggested usage for SE2 is two capsules (1100 mgs) once or twice a day.
8. What is the optimum way to take SE2?
SE2 can be taken any time of day with or without food.
9. What is the science behind SE2?
In the process of developing StemEnhance® years ago, we developed protocols and methods to quantify stem cells and assess the effect of natural compounds on stem cells. After developing StemEnhance, we looked for other natural products known throughout history to bring a broad variety of health benefits, and we studied their effect on stem cells. We found two such products: Undaria pinnatifida and Polygonum multiflorum.
With StemEnhance we had a significant increase in the number of circulating stem cells, peaking at 60 minutes and then slowly going back to baseline levels. We always talked about the maximum number of stem cells at 60 minutes, but in fact a better way to quantify the effect is to calculate the area under the curve, which gives a measure of the total number of stem cells that have been released. With Undaria pinnatifida, we have a slower increase in the number of circulating stem cells but the effect lasts much longer. The maximum peak number of circulating stem cells is comparable to StemEnhance, but because of the longer lasting effect, the total number of stem cells released is increased (by about 50% compared to StemEnhance alone). Polygonum multiflorum alone has an effect comparable to StemEnhance, with a significant increase peaking around 60 minutes.
However, when we blend all three together, we obtain a significantly stronger effect that also lasts much longer than with StemEnhance alone. The effect peaks at 60 minutes but after 3 hours the number of circulating stem cell remains significantly above baseline levels. We discovered that adding Cordyceps sinensis also further enhanced the effect of this blend.
10. How was the scientific testing done?
In a double-blind crossover study, participants were fed on the same day of the week for several weeks: placebo, AFA Concentrate, Undaria pinnatifida, or Polygonum multiflorum, and then a blend of these various ingredients. The effect of Polygonum multiflorum was comparable to the effect of AFA Concentrate with maximum increase in the number of circulating stem cells at 60 minutes. The effect of Undaria pinnatifida also reached similar peak however the increase was slower and lasted much longer than AFA concentrate. When blended together, the ingredients led to a significantly higher increase when compared to the isolated ingredients and lasted more than 3 hours.
11. Can adult stem cells lead to abnormal cells such as cancer?
Unlike embryonic stem cells, adult stem cells released from the bone marrow have not been found to lead to abnormal cell growth.
A study using StemEnhance (100% AFA Concentrate) was published in a scientific journal, Anticancer Research, in January 2009, and provides additional information about this subject. Visit: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19331184
12. Is SE2 approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA)?
SE2 is a dietary supplement, not a drug, and is not intended to treat, cure or prevent illness or disease. Its benefits have therefore not been evaluated by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). However, the FDA does regulate the labeling and safety of the dietary supplements, such as SE2. SE2 is manufactured in a licensed, FDA-inspected facility in accordance with Good Manufacturing Practices.
13. Why does the SE2 label state “consult your physician if you are pregnant or nursing”? What if I get pregnant while I am taking SE2?
Many products carry such warnings out of caution rather than any known pregnancy risk. Stemtech is not aware of any evidence that consuming SE2 during pregnancy will create a health risk.
14. Can SE2 be taken with other nutrients?
Yes. There are no known nutrient–nutrient interactions with SE2
15. Can SE2 be taken with other Stemtech adult stem cell nutrition products?
Yes, Stemtech products are for complete adult stem cell support.
SE2 supports the release of adult stem cells from the bone marrow.
StemFlo® supports the circulation of adult stem cells, nutrients and oxygen in the bloodstream.
ST-5 with MigraStem™ supports the ability of adult stem cells to get into (migrate into) the tissues.
16. Why does the label say that people taking anticoagulants should consult their physician prior to taking SE2, and what information does their physician need?
The statement on the label pertains to the anticoagulant medication called Coumadin™ or warfarin. People taking warfarin are typically advised by their prescribing physician to pay attention to the amount of vitamin K in their diet. Like many green foods, SE2 contains naturally occurring vitamin K.
The US Recommended Daily Allowance (RDA) of vitamin K is 80 mcgs. Two capsules of SE2 have approximately 21 mcgs of vitamin K. For further reference, half a cup of raw chopped broccoli has roughly 100 mcg of vitamin K and half a cup of boiled spinach has about 540 mcg of vitamin K.
17. Can SE2 be taken with medications?
As for medications other than anticoagulants (see FAQ #16) for information on anticoagulant medications, there are no known contraindications associated with taking SE2. However, there is a theoretical possibility of an interaction with anti-depressant medications.
This is because SE2 contains a naturally occurring nutrient known as phenylethylamine (PEA) as do some other naturally occurring foods like chocolate. PEA is a natural compound made by the brain whenever one feels content and happy; it has been described as “the molecule of love.” Consumption of PEA has been documented to support mood. Interactions with antidepressant medications have not been reported, but it is a theoretical consideration and people should consult their healthcare practitioner.
18. Can someone being treated by a health care practitioner with health conditions take SE2?
As with any dietary supplement, it is recommended that you consult with your physician prior to using SE2 if you are being treated by a health care practitioner or taking medications of any kind. We suggest that you make information like these FAQ’s available to your health care practitioner, so they can make an educated decision. There are no known risks resulting from the use of SE2.
Due to the naturally occurring nutrient PEA (phenylethylamine) in SE2, there is a theoretical possibility that it may be contraindicated in people with mania or bipolar disorder though this is not based on any known ill effect (see FAQ #17) regarding the benefits of PEA.
There is also a theoretical possibility that SE2 may be contraindicated in people having a disease of the bone marrow, though this is not based on any known ill effect. Although there are no known ill effects, it is recommended that people with these conditions consult their health care practitioner prior to taking SE2.
19. What is Cordyceps?
Cordyceps sinensis is a synergistic ingredient that enhances the effect of the other ingredients in SE2. It is a fungus that naturally grows in the high altitudes of Tibet, Nepal and parts of China. Though not technically a mushroom, it does form some sort of a fruiting body when grown to maturity and, for this reason, it has commonly been referred to as a mushroom. Some 1,500 years ago yak herders in the Himalayas of Tibet and Nepal noticed that their yak would graze on some capless mushrooms and suddenly become very energetic and playful. The herders investigated what the yaks were eating and cordyceps was discovered. Soon, cordyceps became prized by the ruling emperors of China for its healing and longevity properties, and Tibetan scholars began to write extensively about its health benefits. Cordyceps made its appearance in the Western world in the 18th century and has fascinated scientists ever since for its broad health properties.
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