According to a new study, treating wounds with an extract made from wild blueberries can help them heal faster. APS’s annual meeting, Experimental Biology 2022, is this week in Philadelphia. The findings will be shown there.
Wound care costs more than $50 billion every year. Chronic wounds, such as diabetes-related sores and pressure ulcers, might be classified as “nonhealing” due to the lack of vascularization (the formation of nutrient-rich blood vessels) that typically occurs. Wound healing necessitates vascularization.
Researchers from the University of Maine previously discovered that a phenolic extract from wild blueberries increased vascularization and cell migration in human umbilical cord cells, both of which are important phases in the healing process.
In a recent study conducted by Dorothy Klimis-Zacas, MS, Ph.D., FACN, the researchers looked at the effects of phenolic extract on live wounds. Oxidant chemicals found in some foods called phenols are called phenols. Phenols help to stop or reverse cell damage.
A topical gel comprising a wild blueberry phenolic extract was used to treat a group of rats. When compared to animals treated with a base gel that did not contain the phenolic extract and a control group that received no therapy, the treated group demonstrated enhanced migration of endothelial cells to the wound site and a 12% increase in wound closure.
Wild blueberries have the ability to improve cell migration, angiogenesis (the development of new blood vessels), vascularization, and wound closure.
This is especially significant in settings when patients with chronic wounds, such as diabetic wounds, burns, and pressure ulcers, require accelerated wound closure. ” Tolu Esther Adekeye, MS, the study’s first author, remarked