Banaba is a medicinal plant that grows in the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Taiwan. Much of the current research on banaba has been done in the Philippines. Recent studies shows that banana can be used in the treatment of diabetes and as an ingredient in weight loss products
Diabetes: Its ability to lower blood sugar is attributed to its corosolic acid, a triterpenoid glycoside, belived to facilitate glucose-transport into cells.
Weight loss: A common ingredient in weight-loss supplements / products as a metabolic enhancer.
Others: Used in the treatment of blood pressure, renal and immune system benefits. No toxicity has been identified.
Traditional uses include brewing tea from the leaves as a treatment for diabetes and hyperglycemia (elevated blood sugar). The hypoglycemic (blood sugar lowering) effect of banaba leaf extract is similar to that of insulin which induces glucose transport from the blood into body cells.