Target P-14

Target P-14Targeted Minerals and Herbs for Balancing Blood Sugar

Diabetes is growing worldwide. It increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, damages the eyes and the nervous system and causes numerous other serious health problems.  The most common form of diabetes is insulin-resistant or type 2 diabetes. In this form of diabetes cells become resistant to the effects of insulin, a hormone that moves sugar out of the blood and into the cells.

Target P-14 is a powerful blend of herbs and nutrients that help to overcome insulin resistance in type 2 diabetics, and can reduce insulin requirements in type 1 diabetics. It should be used along with appropriate diet and lifestyle changes and with proper monitoring of blood sugar levels. It is my personal favorite formula for diabetics. It improves uptake of insulin and sugar, reducing blood sugar levels.

The heart of the formula are chelates of chromium and zinc, bonded to the amino acids glutamine and leucine.  Chelating the minerals to these particular amino acids targets them to the pancreas, where they aid in insulin production and utilization. Chromium, in particular, is a very important mineral both for producing insulin and for utilizing insulin at the cellular level.  

These amino acid chelates have been combined in a base of fourteen herbs picked to help with diabetes.  These herbs help strengthen pancreatic and liver function, improve kidney function and circulation, and overcome insulin resistance.  This means the blend helps balance many of the problems associated with diabetes, as well as directly enhancing insulin production, and overcoming insulin resistance at the cellular level.

Here’s a breakdown of what each of these fourteen herbs does.

Goldenseal root is one of the most important herbs in this blend. Clinical experience has demonstrated that goldenseal will dependably lower blood sugar levels.  It appears to either overcome insulin resistance, or to have an insulin-like effect of its own.  Goldenseal also has an anti-inflammatory effect, and appears to reduce some of the side effects of diabetes.

Slippery elm is a mucilaginous herb and mild food that soothes intestinal membranes. Being a source of dietary fiber, it helps slow the absorption of sugar from the intestines into the blood stream.

Juniper berries are an excellent diuretic. They enhance kidney function, and may have indirect benefits for diabetics. Kidney infections are common side-effects of diabetes.

Capsicum fruit is a major herb for enhancing circulation.  Cardiovascular problems are one of the major problems associated with diabetes.  Thus, it is very important for diabetics to have support for the circulatory system.

Uva ursi leaves have traditionally been used as a diuretic and antiseptic for the kidneys and bladder.  However, a few herbalists, such as Edward Milo Millet, have also claimed uva ursi has a beneficial effect on diabetics.

Dandelion root is an herb that has a primary action on the liver. The liver is involved in the regulation of blood sugar because it stores sugar in the form of glycogen to be released later by another pancreatic hormone.  Dorothy Hall, an Australian naturopath, claims that many cases of diabetes can be cured just by strengthening the liver.

Cedar berries have a blood sugar lowering effect.  This was discovered by the famous herbalist, John Christopher, who recommended juniper berries for water retention in a client.  The client took cedar berries by mistake, and found they helped his diabetes.

Marshmallow root is a soothing and cooling herb that acts in a similar manner to slippery elm.

Mullein leaves are best known as a respiratory remedy. They have soothing properties like slippery elm and marshmallow, but also promote better lymphatic drainage. The mucilage in marshmallow slows the absorption of sugar from the intestines, which is helpful for diabetics.

Nettle herb is an extremely rich source of calcium, chromium, magnesium, and zinc.  It is an alkalizing herb, promoting the removal of acid waste via the kidneys. Nettles are very nourishing and healing to tissues.

Garlic bulb is another circulatory enhancing herb.  It is very beneficial for alleviating the circulatory problems that typically accompany diabetes. It can also have a moderate effect in helping to lower blood sugar levels.

White oak bark is an astringent that tones membranes and tissues throughout the body.

Yarrow flowers, a strong and soothing diaphoretic, help with lymphatic and blood circulation.

Licorice root is another important herb that helps balance blood sugar levels.  Licorice  root has the opposite effect of goldenseal.  It helps to raise blood sugar levels when they are low.

Suggested Use

As a nutritional supplement for diabetes, take two Target P-14 capsules with meals three times daily.  Blood sugar levels should be frequently monitored so that dosages of diabetic medications can be adjusted as the formula begins to take effect.

Caution: diabetic medications should be adjusted under the supervision of a physician, and type I diabetics should not be taken off of insulin.

Selected References

The Little Herb Encyclopedia by Jack Ritchason N.D. 
Nutritional Herbology : A Reference Guide to Herbs by Mark PedersenEncyclopedia of Herbal Medicine by Andrew Chevallier.The Comprehensive Guide to Nature’s Sunshine Products by Tree of Light


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