Therapeutic Goals to Restore Blood Sugar Health
By Dr Joseph J Collins, ND, RN
Once the foundations of health are addressed, herbal therapies will be more effective in restoring healthy blood glucose levels. The choosing of the specific herbal therapies that were used in the development of GlucoQuench™ included the need to fulfill five therapeutic goals. Each of those therapeutic goals required that several specific physiological functions related to glucose health be addressed. Specific herbs were chosen because of their documented ability to support those specific physiological functions related to glucose health.
The first therapeutic goal is to Support Blood Glucose Health. To accomplish this, herbs were chosen that have documented ability to do one or more of the following specific physiological functions: decrease HbgA1c, decrease fasting blood glucose, decease post-prandial glucose, inhibit glucose absorption, decrease gluconeogenesis, and/or increase glycogen synthesis.
The second therapeutic goal is to Support Insulin Health. This required herbs that have documented ability to do one or more of the following specific physiological functions: improve insulin secretion, act as insulin receptor agonists, act as an insulin mimetic, increase insulin utilization, provide beta cell protection, provide beta cell regeneration and/or have documented anti-diabetic properties.
Since high blood glucose causes increased serum levels of triglycerides and total cholesterol levels, and quite frequently result in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease or the more severe nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH), the third therapeutic goal is to Support Healthy Lipids. It was rewarding to find that every one of the herbs used in GlucoQuench™ have been shown to accomplish each of the specific physiological functions of having the ability to decrease serum triglycerides, decrease total cholesterol and decrease fatty liver disease/NASH.
Because high blood glucose levels are associated with excessive intake of calories, the medical problem of obesity must also be addressed. Three hormonal imbalances that increase the tendency to develop obesity include excessive ghrelin (a hunger hormone), insufficient leptin (a satiety hormone) and increased cortisol (a stress hormone). Keeping those hormones in mind, the fourth therapeutic goal to Support Healthy Weight resulted in choosing herbs that had documented physiological functions including anti-obesity properties, the ability to decrease ghrelin levels, the ability to increase leptin level or function, and/ or the ability to decrease cortisol levels. Every herb in GlucoQuench™ has documented anti-obesity physiological functions. Six of the nine herbs can improve the physiological function of one or more of three hormones that affect weight gain; ghrelin, leptin and cortisol.
Realizing that high glucose levels have a severely devastating effect on blood vessel health, the fifth therapeutic goal is to Support Vascular Health. This required that the herbs used in GlucoQuench™ have one or more of specific physiological functions that include antihypertensive, decrease inflammation, decrease oxidative stress, aldose reductase inhibition, decrease diabetic nephropathy, decrease diabetic retinopathy, and/or decrease diabetic neuropathy.
Therapeutic goals to restore blood sugar health include the needs to support glucose function, support insulin function, support lipid health, support healthy weight, and support vascular health. Each of those therapeutic goals requires that specific physiological functions be addressed.
The herbs used in GlucoQuench™ have been documented as having the ability to support glucose function, support insulin function, support lipid health, support healthy weight, and support vascular health by addressing the specific physiological functions required to achieve each of those therapeutic goals.