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Alternative Names

Banabalean, Banaba, Crape Myrtle, Corosolic Acid, Crepe Myrtle, Extrait de Banaba, Myrte de Crêpe, Pyinma, Pride-of-India, Queen's Crape Myrtle

Scientific Name

Lagerstroemia Speciosa

Why Do People Use Banaba?

Banaba powder is utilized orally for weight loss and diabetes control.

Is It Safe To Use?

Possibly safe - It is possibly safe when its extract is used orally for as much as15 days. For long term use, safety of Lagerstroemia speciosa (Banaba) is unknown. For pregnancy and Lactation - The usage of banaba powder should be avoided because there is insufficient reliable information available to prove its safety.

How Effective Is Banaba?

Diabetes - Many clinical experiments have demonstrated that type 2 diabetes patients who take a particular banaba extract like Glucosol, equivalent to 1% corosolic acid, for consecutively 2 weeks experience 10% lowering of glucose levels than patients taking placebo drugs. More confirmations are required to rate the effectiveness of utilization of banaba powder.

How Banaba Works?

Leaves are the most important part of Lagerstroemia speciosa. Most effective constituents are ellagitannins lagerstroemin, corosolic acid, reginin A and flosin B. Studies conducted on type 2 diabetic people and animals showed that banaba powder causes lowering of blood glucose. Results collected from in vitro analysis have shown that the insulin-like impacts of Lagerstroemia speciosa are due to its ellagitannins constituents. Research carried out on Lagerstroemin recommends that it may activate insulin receptors. The constituents of banaba powder, like valoneic acid, appear to have xanthine oxidase like action better or equivalent than allopurinol, as proved in vitro analysis. In genetically altered diabetic obese mice, it appears to put a stop to weight gain. This anti-obesity impact has not been tried in non-diabetic human beings or animals.

What Are The Side Effects /Adverse Reactions of Banaba?

Not known.

How Banaba Interacts With Other Herbs and Supplements?

Hypoglycemic Causing Supplements & Herbs - Banaba may potentiate effects of herbs and supplements that reduce blood glucose levels. However, exacerbated interaction may result in hypoglycemia. Hypoglycemia causing herbs are alpha-lipoic acid, Panax ginseng, horse chestnut, garlic, fenugreek, guar gum, psyllium, devil's claw, and Siberian ginseng.

How Banaba Interacts With Drugs?

Antidiabetes Drugs - This represents a moderate interaction of banaba powder with other drugs. Banaba improve the blood glucose-lowering capability of hypoglycemic drugs. Some anti diabetes medications include glyburide (Glynase PresTabs, Diabeta and Micronase), metformin (Glucophage), insulin, rosiglitazone (Avandia), glimepiride (Amaryl), pioglitazone (Actos) and other drugs.

How Banaba Interacts With Foods?

Not known.

How Banaba Interacts With Lab Tests?

Blood Glucose - Banaba can reduce blood sugar that results in lowered test values for blood glucose.

How Banaba Interacts With Diseases and Conditions?

Diabetes - Banaba can show positive effects like lowering of blood glucose levels and glucose control. Surgery - Lagerstroemia speciosa may alter blood glucose levels. Banaba powder may affect blood glucose control after and even during surgical procedures. It should be advised to the patients to give up the use banaba powder a minimum of 2 weeks before going into surgery.

What Should Be the Dose/Administration of Banaba?

ORAL It should be used daily in a dosage of 16-48 mg in order to reduce blood sugar level in individuals with type 2 diabetes.


Banaba is the Tagalog name for crepe species that is native to the Southeast Asia and Philippines.

General Certificate of Analysis (COA)

Specification sheet links below are a standard copy of the COA less the batch or lot number and manufactures dates. Specification sheet can be dated and should only be considered as a general information. Please contact and request an up to date COA if needed for specific updated information before placing order by filling out the contact form with product name and SKU number. If ordering quantities of twenty five kilos or more contact for availability.


These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.

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