All About Banaba (Lagerstroemia Speciosa)
March 25, 2021
While banaba leaf has been used in traditional folk medicine for centuries, there’s been a lot of renewed interest in it lately. So what’s it all about? Read on to discover more.
What is Banaba (Lagerstroemia Speciosa)?
Banaba is an herbal remedy derived from the leaves of the banaba tree (Lagerstroemia speciosa), a medium-sized tree native to India and several tropical Southeast Asian islands. The banaba tree is also known as jarul, giant crepe-myrtle, Queen’s crepe-myrtle, banaba plant, or pride of India.
Traditionally, just about every part of the tree has been used medicinally including the root, bark and fruit, but it’s the leaves that are most commonly used. What we now know is that the leaves contain more than 30 beneficial constituents such as corosolic acid, ellagitannins and antioxidants, among others.
Traditional Benefits of Banaba
Although more scientific results are needed for this herb, historically banaba has been popular for supporting:
Where to Buy Banaba and How to Make Banaba Tea
Banaba leaf extract is widely available online or in health food stores in the following forms: capsules, powders, liquid extracts, softgels or blended with other blood sugar supporting ingredients.
You can also find loose leaves to make into banaba tea. Here’s how:
- Boil 2 cups of water
- Place 2 tsp of dried banaba leaves into a tea infuser
- Add infuser to water and steep for 3-4 minutes
- Strain and add lemon if desired
- Enjoy hot or cold
Blood Sugar Levels
For more info check out: What Your Blood Sugar Levels are Telling You
Top 10 Blood Sugar Tips
- Fill up on fiber
- Cut back on carbs
- Reduce sugar consumption
- Shed some pounds
- Drink more water
- Eat foods with chromium (fruit, veggies, whole grain) and magnesium (bananas, avocados, tuna)
- Manage stress
- Skip fad diets
- Write down what you’re eating
If you’re considering adding banaba leaf to your wellness plan, be sure to speak with your doctor or healthcare practitioner first.
These statements have not been evaluated by the Food & Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Individual results may vary.