Banaba leaf is a tropical plant native to southern Asia. It’s also known as pride of India or Lagerstroemia speciosa. Traditionally, in herbal medicine it has been used in the treatment of diabetes.
Corosolic acid from banaba leaf has been reported to lower blood sugar levels within 60 minutes in diabetics.1 It is suspected corosolic acid is able to due this by indirectly activating cells to take up glucose from the blood by reducing insulin resistance.2 Because of this, researchers claim it may be useful for treating type 2 diabetes.3
Some researchers claim banaba leaf extract has insulin-like glucose transport inducing activity.4
In a 2003 study, researchers reported that participants who took banaba leaf extract saw a 30% decrease in blood glucose.5
Researchers in another study claim that banaba leaf and corosolic acid both may be beneficial in addressing metabolic syndrome symptoms.6
Banaba leaf may help lower blood sugar and increase insulin sensitivity.
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