Banaba is a species of crepe myrtle tree that is native to the Philippines and Southeast Asia. People use the leaves to make medicine.
Banaba is used for diabetes and weight loss.Banaba extract is more useful.
How does it work?
Banaba seems to lower blood glucose in people with type 2 diabetes, according to very preliminary research. It might help the body use insulin more efficiently.
What is its use and effectiveness?
Diabetes. Some early research suggests that taking a particular banaba extract (Glucosol) for 2 weeks lowers blood sugar by 10% in people with type 2 diabetes. However, other early research suggests that taking a single dose of corosolic acid, a chemical in banaba, before eating does not improve post-meal sugar tolerance.
Banaba extract is for weight loss.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of banaba for these uses.
What is banaba extract's side effect and safety?
Banaba is POSSIBLY SAFE for most people when taken by mouth on a short-term basis. The long-term safety is unknown.
Special Precautions & Warnings:
Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of banaba during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.
Diabetes: Banaba can affect blood sugar control, so people with diabetes should monitor their blood glucose levels closely. If you have diabetes, it's best to check with your healthcare provider before starting banaba.
Low blood pressure. Banaba might lower blood pressure. In theory, taking banaba might make blood pressure become too low in people with low blood pressure.
Surgery: Banaba might affect blood sugar levels and could make blood sugar control more difficult during and after surgery. Stop using banaba at least 2 weeks before a scheduled surgery.