Wound healing can be aided with blueberry extract according to a study to be presented in Philadelphia during the American Physiological Society (APS) annual meeting at Experimental Biology 2022.
Wound care costs more than $50 billion annually. Furthermore, conditions such as diabetes-related sores and pressure sores are often classified as “doesn’t heal” chronic wounds, the result is a decrease in vascularization (development of nutrient-rich blood vessels).
‘The phenolic extract of wild blueberries was found to improve healing, blood vessels and cell migration, thus aiding in wound healing.’
The team found that mice treated with a topical gel containing phenolic extracts from wild blueberries had improved migration of endothelial cells to the wound site and Increases wound closure by 12%.
“Wild blueberries have the ability to enhance cell migration, new blood vessel formation (angiogenesis), blood vessels, and speed wound closure. This is especially important in conditions that require enhancement. wound closure in patients with chronic wounds such as diabetic wounds, burns, and pressure sores,” Tolu Esther Adekeye, MS, first author of the study, said.