It is known as banaba in the Philippines, but is also referred to as crepe myrtle, pride of India, giant crape myrtle, and queen’s flower.
Banaba typically grows in tropical areas, and can reach up to 40 to 60 feet tall, and has a spread of about 30 to 40 feet.
Its lavender-colored flowers are known for their beauty. Additionally, it is not uncommon for people to plant banaba trees for medicinal, as well as aesthetic purposes.
What Are the Uses and Benefits of Banaba?
Typically, the leaves of Banaba are used for medicinal purposes. This is because it contains corosolic acid, which can help lower blood sugar levels.
Ahead, let’s take a closer look at more uses and benefits of Banaba.
For decades, one of the uses and benefits of Banaba has been as a diabetes folk remedy. Boil the leaves or steep it in hot water. Drink it the same as you would hot tea.
These days, banaba leaves in capsule form are available and have reportedly similar effects.
Banaba owes its effectiveness to the high levels of corosolic acid in its leaves. Corosolic acid is a known anti-diabetic chemical.
Some studies support this claim. Researchers have found that taking banaba leaf extract leads to improved insulin sensitivity. This helps in lowering blood glucose levels in diabetics.