Banabá Plant (Lagerstroemia speciosa) is natural herb ingredient of Reglucol™
Banabá Plant, or Pride of India, Lagerstroemia speciosa (Giant Crape-myrtle, Queen's Crape-myrtle,) (1) is a species of Lagerstroemia native to tropical southern Asia. It is a small to medium-sized tree growing to 20 m tall, with smooth, flaky bark. The leaves are deciduous, oval to elliptic, 8-15 cm long and 3-7 cm broad, with an acute apex. The flowers are produced in erect panicles 20-40 cm long, each flower with six white to purple petals 2-3.5 cm long.
Banaba (Lagerstroemia speciosa) is a unique plant from India, South-East Asia, and Philippines. Local people call it “mystical tree” or “divine flower” and use Banaba to normalize blood glucose levels and insulin levels, to suppress appetite, and decrease body weight.
Banaba leaves contain corosolic acid that stimulates glucose supply to the cells; plays a major role in regulating sugar and insulin blood levels, and maintaining control of blood sugar fluctuations. By keeping blood sugar and insulin levels under control, Banaba helps to decrease food cravings. This makes it useful for anyone who wants to lose weight.
Banaba extract is used as a natural health supplement and is made from the leaves of the banaba tree. Some research suggests that banaba extract may support blood sugar balance and weight loss. The primary active ingredient is corosolic acid, and there are also numerous possible synergists including lager-stroemin, flosin B and reginin A.(1)
Banaba Tea. The leaves of the Banaba and other parts are used widely by the Philippines, Taiwan, and Japan as a Tea preparation. This tea is consumed as a natural means for a variety of reasons involving the kidneys, such as dissolving kidney stones, kidney cleanses, and kidney health in general. Research being conducted in Japan shows much promise for this plant and its potential uses in the medical community.
Banaba leaf extract in Reglucol™ is standardized to 1% corosolic acid.
1. PLANTS Profile, United States Department of Agriculture / Natural Resources Conservation Service. Retrieved 2008-07-15