The traditional medicinal plant from India, which stabilizes your blood sugar levels in a healthy and natural way, improves your insulin sensitivity and supports your fat loss.
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The Banaba tree, also known under the Latin name Lagerstroemia Speciosa, grows in India and the Philippines. The extract from the leaves of this tree has been used in the traditional Indian medicine for thousands of years to treat diabetes, digestive problems and inflammations of the kidneys. Banaba extract contains a number of active ingredients including Valoneaic acid dilactone (VAD), a variety of ellagitannins such as campstroemin and ellagic acid, triterpenoids, as well as bioflavonoids such as kaempferol and quercetin.
Most of the health benefits associated with Banaba are associated with the active ingredients corosolic acid and Valonaeic Acid (VA) contained in this extract,. Some scientific studies suggest that Banaba extract may contain other active ingredients that have not been discovered to date, as the overall effects of the extract are generally stronger than the additive effects of the isolated active ingredients. Because Banaba extract contains so-called natural xanthine oxidase inhibitors, it can enhance and prolong the effect of caffeine and related stimulants.
The increasing rate of diabetes has taken some terrible proportions in the Western world. Because of our unhealthy diet, which includes large amounts of sugar and highly processed carbohydrates, the insulin sensitivity of the cells in our body decreases, which is the precursor for the development of type 2 diabetes. According to statistics, almost 10% of the population of the Western world suffers from diabetes!
Many studies conducted with animals and humans have shown that Banaba extract can reduce the blood glucose levels after a meal by 15 to 30%. This effect can even be observed in type 2 diabetics whose bodies do not react with a sufficient insulin response in order to reduce the blood glucose level sufficiently! Interestingly, this seems to be not only an acute effect, since an increase of this effect was observed during the first 15 days of a Banaba Supplementation. After this period the fasting blood glucose levels also began to decline.
This suggests that the active ingredients contained in Banaba extract produce lasting positive changes in the body. A number of different mechanisms may be responsible for the positive effects of this extract on the blood glucose levels. Scientific studies have shown that different active ingredients contained in Banaba extract are capable of inhibiting a number of carbohydrate digesting enzymes. This means that complex carbohydrates such as starch are no longer completely split to simple sugars in the digestive tract. Because of this some of these carbohydrates may be excreted undigested.
In addition, at least one compound contained in Banaba extract appears to directly inhibit the absorption of carbohydrates in the intestine. In addition to a reduction in carbohydrate uptake and utilisation, Banaba extract can significantly improve the insulin sensitivity of the human body, while a tannin structure contained in Banaba extract seems to be capable of directly activating the insulin receptor of the cells to elicit an insulin-like effect. This effect is further enhanced by the fact that Banaba extract increases the activity of the GLUT4 transport protein, which is responsible for transporting blood glucose into the cells. This allows more glucose to be absorbed by the cells of your body, where it is either burned or stored in the glycogen stores of muscle and the liver. In contrast to diabetes medications, none of the studies carried out with Banaba extract lead to an excessive reduction of blood glucose levels or a resulting hypoglycaemia.
All this suggests that Banaba extract is not only suitable for treating diabetes, but may also prevent the development of diabetes in people who are already suffering from severe insulin resistance, which is considered a precursor of type 2 diabetes.
The health benefits of Banaba extract are not limited to reducing blood glucose levels and the treatment of diabetes. Promising studies have shown that the active ingredient corosolic acid contained in Banaba extract stimulates the release of enzymes that kill cancer cells. This effect was observed in breast cancer, leukaemia, liver cancer and uterine cancer.
Banaba extract also possesses antioxidant effects that can effectively protect the cells and DNA of the human body from the damaging and destructive effects of free radicals we are exposed to on a daily basis. High levels of these reactive oxygen species are associated with the development of many serious diseases including cardiovascular diseases and cancer. In addition, free radicals are also blamed for the progress of the aging process of the body. This means that antioxidative plant extracts such as Banaba extract may possess potential anti-aging effects.
Other potential benefits of Banaba extract include anti-inflammatory effects and a potential cholesterol-lowering effect that could reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.
It is not surprising that Banaba extract is also very well suited to support weight and fat loss. Because this extract reduces the carbohydrate uptake into your body and also prevents strong blood glucose fluctuations that can trigger hunger and cravings, it is easier to maintain a reduced calorie intake during a diet. Some studies have shown that by supplementing with a banaba extract a weight loss of 1 to 2 kilos per month can be achieved without further conscious dietary changes.
In addition, Banaba Extract improves the uptake of glucose into the muscle cells where it is used as energy supply rather than being stored in form of body fat, while this extract also inhibits the growth of fat cells. Interestingly, Banaba extract also has a positive effect on the leptin sensitivity of the body. Leptin is the hormone that is responsible for maintaining a higher metabolic rate during a calorie reduced diet. Scientific studies have show that severely overweight subjects suffering from the so-called metabolic syndrome showed a normalization of fat metabolism, a normalization of blood pressure, a reduction of inflammatory markers and an improvement of reduced insulin sensitivity after 10 weeks of a supplementation with Banaba extract.
People who use diabetes medication should talk to their physician before supplementing with Banaba extract, as the combined effects of their medication and this extract could cause too low blood glucose levels. It may be necessary to adjust the dose of diabetes medication.
Recommended daily intake: Consume 2 capsules daily with plenty of water.
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