Banaba scientifically known as Lagestroemia Speciosa is a flowering plant that grows in warm climate like the Philippines and India. Banaba is widely used in the Philippines and as herbal medicine for diabetes. Banaba is also being studied as a weight-loss supplement for its ability to delay or reduce the absorption of carbohydrates and as such can be found in many weight control formulas in the US. Banaba is also rich in vitamins and minerals including zinc and magnesium.
Banaba is also rich in dietary fiber. The leaves have high level of corosolic acid to lower blood sugar. It is now used by some foreign pharmaceutical company to make a slimming tea. Drinking decoction of the leaves will normalize sugar level. Its fresh leaves can serve as emergency remedy for wounds and cuts by sanitizing the structure of the skin. It contains magnesium as an energy booster. It facilitates good bowel movement and has curative properties for the treatment of diarrhoea.
Modern science continues to build the case for banaba as an effective way to help manage blood sugar, including offsetting some of the problems like obesity and elevated cholesterol that often occur simultaneously as metabolism falters. Very little is known about the safety of using banaba long term use. However, there is some concern that banaba may reduce blood sugar levels. If you’re considering the use of banaba, talk to your doctor before beginning treatment. Banaba leaf extract is traditionally taken by making a tea through the leaves, but nowadays it is available in capsules. An average dosage might be between 16mg and 48mg each day and is also sometimes combined in capsules to blood sugar-regulating compounds.
As with many medications, vitamins, and herbal supplements, birthing mothers can very easily pass the substance on to the foetus during pregnancy which can prove to be harmful to the unborn child and should be avoided during pregnancy.