How a pine tree can improve your vision
January 14, 2013
Volume 3 | Issue 04
On Saturday, I showed you how Pycnogenol, a supplement made from the bark of a specific pine tree, can help heal Crohn's disease. Today, I'd like to show you how Pycnogenol can help improve your vision, especially if you're diabetic.
Traditional medicine has used pine bark for over 2,000 years. When French explorer Jacques Cartier and his crew arrived in Canada in 1534, many of them suffered from scurvy. Local natives prepared teas and other concoctions using pine needles and tree bark to relieve the scurvy, improve wound healing, and various other ailments. During times of famine, they also used pine bark as emergency food and added it to flour for baking bread.
The extract has several healing properties. It's a powerful antioxidant. It acts as a natural anti-inflammatory. It selectively binds to collagen and elastin, which aids in healing. And, finally, it aids in the production of endothelial nitric oxide, which helps to vasodilate blood vessels.
Studies have shown that patients with diabetic retinopathy have improved vision after taking Pycnogenol. Diabetic retinopathy occurs because elevated glucose levels in the blood react within the capillaries of the retina. This results in swollen and brittle blood vessel walls.
This subsequently leads to blood leaking into the retina, which limits oxygen and nutrients from reaching the retina. It has a dramatic effect on the sensitivity of the eye to light, allowing gradual vision loss to occur.
Clinical studies in Europe, with more than 1,000 patients, have consistently demonstrated that Pycnogenol repairs leaky capillaries. It actually stops the progression of vision loss. It also reduces bleeding in the eye significantly. And in some cases, it even improves visual acuity.
What's more, patients who take Pycnogenol often find that it improves their diabetes. According to the American Diabetes Association, scientists discovered that type-2 diabetes patients had lower blood sugar and healthier blood vessels after supplementing with Pycnogenol. Patients with mild type-2 diabetes, subscribing to a regular diet and exercise program, were able to significantly lower their glucose levels when they supplemented with 50-200 mg of Pycnogenol.
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So if you suffer from diabetes and any type of vision loss, give Pycnogenol a try. There are no known side effects. And there's a good chance it will make a huge difference in your life. You can find Pycnogenol at any health food store and online.
Your insider for better health,
Steve Kroening is the editor of Nutrient Insider, a twice-a-week email newsletter that brings you the latest healing breakthroughs from the world of nutrition and dietary supplements. For over 20 years, Steve has worked hand-in-hand with some of the nation's top doctors, including Drs. Robert Rowen, Frank Shallenberger, Nan Fuchs, William Campbell Douglass, and best-selling author James Balch. Steve is the author of the book Practical Guide to Home Remedies. As a health journalist, Steve's articles have appeared in countless magazines, blogs, and websites.
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