Banaba not banana is a bush with origins in the South Pacific and India. The scientific name of Banaba is Lagerstroemia Speciosa. Other names for this plant are Crape Myrtle or Crepe Myrtle. The leaves of the Banaba bush can reach 3 to 10 inches in length. The bush can get more than 400 ft tall and it also has flowers that look somewhat like crepe paper thus the name Crepe Myrtle. These flowers can be red, white, purple or lavender in color. The Banaba bush that we get our Teri's VineBanabaTea leaves from is native to the Philippines.
Banaba leaf tea is a customary health drink that the people of the Philippines have drunk for ages. It has been linked to having benefits that can help to lower elevated blood sugar as well as help with weight loss.
Banaba tea is often drunk in both Japan and the Philippines because it has an insulin like effect, according to the International Food Information Service "Dictionary of Food Science and Technology." Some people even call it the "plant insulin." There were numerous studies done on the plant because of its ability to regulate blood sugar level in Japan and some in the US. In 1999 a clinical study was conducted by the researchers at the Southeastern Institute of Biomedical Research in Bradenton, Florida. They found out that the Banaba leaf has a high level of corosolic acid which universally lowered the blood sugar levels of all the research participants. In 2001, a study published by Edison Biotechnology Institute, Department of Biomedical Sciences, College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio compared a whole leaf extract of banaba with insulin in cell cultures. They concluded that the whole herb had a glucose lowering effect and could be used to fight elevated blood sugar levels and obesity.
Banaba Leaf tea is gaining popularity thanks in a large part to a segment of Dr. Oz's medical show (The NakedDiet) where it is marketed as a major weight-loss drink. In the US, many weight-loss formulas are now using banaba as a safe, natural component for reducing weight.
Dr. Oz and Banaba Tea
Dr. Oz did a show called The Naked Hour where everything he spoke about had to do about being naked. Dr. Oz first spoke about The Naked Diet because women all around the country say that they hate the way they look naked. He mentioned the Banaba tea leaf in one of his episodes.
Dr Oz: Banana Leaf Tea Lowers Blood Sugar, Lisa Lynn said that by drinking Banaba Leaf Tea you can lower your blood sugar levels, which will make your body burn fat more easily. Lynn said to drink Banaba Leaf Tea once or twice a day and if you do not like the taste, you can mix it in with a regular tea that you like.
He also mentioned that one can try drinking Banaba tea to help boost the metabolism and aid in weight lost.
Contraindications If you are considering taking banaba tea to lower your blood sugar level you should consult with your physician to ensure that it is safe for you to do so. Banaba tea can cause blood sugar levels to drop significantly, it should not be taken in combination with any other medications or herbs that cause hypoglycemic activity. Pregnancy and lactation: Because of lack of pharmacology and toxicity data, women who are pregnant or nursing should avoid drinking banaba tea. Children should also avoid drinking banaba tea. Disclaimer: Per FDA requirement: For educational purposes only.These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.
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