• Dr. Erica Oberg

The Science Behind Exosomes

Last week, I introduced you to a new therapy I will be offering: Exosomes. We learned what exosomes do at the cellular level. Please revisit that post at: https://www.drericaoberg.com/post/growing-young



This week, let's focus on what differentiates exosomes from stem cells.


When people are given stem cells, Warton’s jelly, bone marrow aspirate, platelet-rich plasma, or other cell-based therapies, it is generally appreciated that exosomes are the active ingredient. This was first observed in early research showing that the positive effects of stem cells on tissue repair could also be replicated if you just used the media in which the cells were growing and got rid of the cells. Additionally, consider the common practice of extracting and injecting cells from one’s own tissue (autologous fat or bone marrow stem cells). Some people get good results, yet benefits are limited as the cells are only as “young” as the person. Exosomes derived from placental (neonatal) mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are measurably more potent. A recent scientific paper details the differences and advantages[i]. I prefer exosomes to stem cells in part because of their minimized risk (fewer inflammatory reactions) compared to cell-based therapies (stem cells or PRP), the better outcomes, as well as the lower cost.


Over the next few weeks you will notice some exciting changes coming to my practice that involve using the newest anti aging and wellness therapies, including exosomes. This space with be chock full of new information and ideas to help you feel vibrant and well. Please join me on this journey!


Please read about my availability through TeleHealth here: https://www.drericaoberg.com/post/have-a-question-tele-medicine-and-tele-health-may-have-an-answer

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