Diabetic ulcers are a serious challenge for many folks who have them. These ulcers are most common on the foot, but also may occur on other parts of the body. The nerve damage reduces awareness of pressure, heat, or injury. Rubbing and pressure on the foot goes unnoticed and causes damage to the skin and subsequent ulceration.
Impaired blood circulation in diabetics may cause tissue damage and discoloration, which leads to the development of ulcers. These ulcers are prone to infection and difficult to heal. A loss of oxygen in the affected tissues worsens the infection. A new study showed that Pycnogenol increased the oxygen in circulation.
Pycnogenol, which is an extract from the bark of the French maritime pine tree, speeds up the healing of diabetic foot ulcers significantly. But you have to use it in a certain way.
In this study, the researchers divided 30 people into four groups. The first group took oral Pycnogenol and also applied a Pycnogenol powder directly on the wounds. The second group used the powder on the wounds. The third group used only oral Pycnogenol. And the fourth group was the control group. They used medications only.
Here's what they found: The combination group "produced 89% complete healing at six weeks versus 84% with local treatment and 85% with oral treatment; healing in controls was 61%. The combined treatment group and oral only group had better microcirculation after the combined treatment."
Placing the powder on the wound boosted oxygen levels in the injured tissue, which sped up the healing process. And taking it orally has broad antimicrobial activity. But that's not all. It's also effective against bacteria and yeast. 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.
Another complication of diabetes is swelling in the lower legs. Pycnogenol can counteract this swelling and decrease platelet activity, preventing aggregation. Two hours after taking one 25 mg dose of Pycnogenol lowers platelet "stickiness." Higher dosages of up to 200 mg of Pycnogenol provide even stronger effects, lowering the potential for blood clots.
So if you or someone you love is diabetic or who has trouble with wounds that just won't heal, try Pycnogenol. Supplementing with Pycnogenol generates powerful metabolites in the body, protects the collagen matrix in skin, and promotes healthy tissue. And it can do it much, much faster than drugs and without any side effects. You can find Pycnogenol at most health food stores and online.
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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.