People with heart disease or type 2 diabetes often find that wounds don’t heal as quickly as they should. The problem? The microcirculatory system that carries blood from blood vessels to the tissues can be compromised, limiting blood flow to the site of wounds.
Yet, according to new research conducted at Lund University’s Skåne University Hospital in Sweden, Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract (AGE) can increase microcirculation in these at-risk patients that could facilitate wound healing. Click here to learn about the cardiovascular and immune health benefits of Aged Garlic Extract.
Microcirculation refers to the minute network of arterioles, capillaries, and venules (tiny veins that connect the capillaries to larger veins) that deliver oxygen and nutrients from the arteries into the individual cells and tissues throughout the body. Microcirculation also regulates the amount of blood that infuses tissue—a critical factor in wound healing.
Here are some highlights from this study:
- Compromised microcirculation can be a particular problem for people diagnosed with cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
- This can lead to slow wound healing and increase the risk of infection and other serious complications.
- Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract, at a dose of 2.4g daily, improved microcirculation by 31% among study participants after twelve months of daily supplementation.
- These findings suggest that Kyolic Aged Garlic Extract could facilitate improved wound healing in these at-risk populations.
To read the full study click here.
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Martine Wlosinska, Ann-Christin Nilsson, Joanna Hlebowicz , Malin Malmsjö , Mohammed Fakhro, Sandra Lindstedt. Aged garlic extract preserves cutaneous microcirculation in patients with increased risk for cardiovascular diseases: A double-blinded placebo-controlled study. Int Wound J. 2019 Dec;16(6):1487-1493.
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