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What Is Banaba And Its Health Benefits?

Banaba (Lagerstroemia Speciosa) is a plant commonly found in the Philippines and other parts of Southeast Asia. Banaba is clinically proven effective in the treatment of urinary tract infection and other diseases. Read on to find out what are the other health benefits of this amazing plant.

The leaves of this healing plant are rich in tannin and corrosolic acid which helps lowers glucose level for diabetics. Banaba also have the distinction of effectively lowering blood pressure and keeping the immune system strong. Every part of the plant can be used for herbal supplement such as its flower, bark, roots, fruits and leaves so basically nothing is wasted.

Known benefits includes ailments for various stomach diseases, diabetes and sometimes used as purgative and diuretic purposes. The leaves and fruit of banaba, mixed to a boiling pint of water, is a good alternative tea for diabetic and UTI patients.

Other health benefits:

  • Bark decoction can aid diarrhea
  • Flowers and leaves can also normalize bowel movements
  • Decoction of flowers and leaves are ideal for fevers and diuretic
  • Fruits and roots can help cure aphthous stomatitis
  • Leaf infusion are used for bladder and kidney inflammation, dysuria and other urinary dysfunctions.
  • Anti-obesity effect. Banaba has been studied to be effective in weight loss management for most patients. It is now marketed as one of the best ingredients in many weight loss products.
  • Strengthens immune system
  • Lowering blood cholesterol, triglycerides, and blood pressure

To prepare a simple banaba herbal tea, just take 10 matured leaves then put it into a boiling water of approximately 2 liters volume. Take out the leaves after 15 minutes of boiling. Serve and drink at least 4 glasses a day to receive the many health benefits of banaba. Just ignore the bitter taste which are very common in many types of tea.

The Health Benefits of Banaba

Banaba [ Scientific name: Lagerstroemia speciosa]
Banaba has been a popular medicinal plant in the Philippines for the treatment of urinary tract infections. Most of our grandparents would acknowledge that banaba has been used for over 50 years. It is a tree commonly found in the provinces; its beautiful blue-violet colored flowers make the banaba tree an ornamental tree used also as shades for parking lots and roadside landscaping. You will find several of these in the South Luzon Express Way and at the Alabang Town Center parking lot.

Banaba is also a famous medicinal plant in ayurvedic medicine mainly to lower blood sugar and reducing weight agent. The Philippine banaba has become popular with respect to its anti-diabetic properties. Banaba tea is famous as a health drink in Japan and in the U.S. Technically, the active principle is considered to be corosolic acid, a triterpenoid compound, which promotes glucose transport or utilization in the body cells. The current thinking is that banaba can lower glucose independent of pancreatic insulin. This makes the active principle of banaba a natural form of insulin from plants.
With the reduction of blood glucose is the concomitant reduction in body weight, apparently due to the better control of carbohydrate. The weight reduction was seen even without dietary restrictions.
The leaves are generally used to make a concoction or tea, but the bark, flowers and fruits can be used as well. If you want to prepare your own banaba tea, get mature green leaves and chop them. The ratio is 1 part chop banaba leaves to 3 parts water boiled for about 15 minutes (low heat). You can drink this tea 3 or 4 times a day. If you want some twist in the flavor with added value of herbs, you can add “tanglad” or lemon grass with local citrus such as “kalamansi.”

There are no known side effects or toxic reactions of banaba. In fact, it has been reported that banaba can help detoxify the body and protect the liver. Banaba tea can be considered a health drink.

Posted by Doc Emil @ 7:26 pm


Banaba can:

  • help fight obesity.
  • help regulate blood pressure.
  •  lower cholesterol level for people with hypertension.
  • cure kidney and gall bladder stones.
  • aid the digestive system
  • treat urinary track infection.
  • help ease urination.
  • lower blood sugar level of diabetic people.
      There are no known side effects or toxic reactions of banaba.  In fact, it has been reported that banabacan help detoxify the body and protect the liver.!!! 

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