According to a 2015 report published in Frontiers in Bioscience, banaba and other natural supplements (including cinnamon, biotin, fenugreek, ginseng, and alpha-lipoic acid) “have to potential to reduce the risk for type 2 diabetes in the large at-risk population.”
Banaba supplements may help with glycemic control, long-term prognosis, and/or reduce the need for insulin therapy when used as an adjunct to standard care in the treatment of diabetes.
Findings from laboratory studies and animal-based research suggest that banaba may help control diabetes. In a study published in Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice, researchers evaluated the effect of the banaba compound corosolic acid and found that those who had ingested corosolic acid had lower blood glucose levels 90 minutes later, according to an oral glucose tolerance test.
Banba and Weight Loss
In a study published in Phytotherapy Research in 2014, researchers assessed the effectiveness of a blend of plant extracts (including banaba) on weight loss. After the 12-week treatment period, those taking the extract blend had lost significantly more weight and body fat mass compared to those taking a placebo. There was also a greater reduction in waist and hip circumference.
Side Effects and Safety
Very little is known about the safety of using banaba in the long term. However, there is some concern that banaba may reduce blood sugar levels. A 2012 review found that banaba use was associated with mild adverse effects.
In a case report, corosolic acid was associated with acute kidney injury and lactic acidosis in a person with diabetes who had impaired kidney function (and was taking a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug).
Supplements haven’t been tested for safety and due to the fact that dietary supplements are largely unregulated, the content of some products may differ from what is specified on the product label. Also keep in mind that the safety of supplements in pregnant women, nursing mothers, children, and those with medical conditions or who are taking medications has not been established.
Furthermore, it’s important to note that self-treating diabetes or any other condition with banaba and avoiding or delaying standard care may have serious consequences.
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