Banaba (Lagerstroemia speciosa L) not only regulates blood sugar but helps you lose weight as well!


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Banaba (Lagerstroemia speciosa L) has been used as a traditional treatment for blood pressure, kidney, and digestive problems. More recent studies show that banaba can help decrease the risk for obesity and lower blood sugar to control diabetes. Researchers found several active natural components in banaba that improve the cellular uptake of glucose, mimicking the function of insulin and thereby lowering the blood sugar in the body. These substances were also demonstrated to inhibit formation and differentiation of fat cells.

Banaba tea already tastes good by itself but there is no reason why you can enjoy drinking it even more. By adding lemongrass and calamansi, you can add perk to your banaba tea and add more nutrition to it.

You will need:

 1 teabag of Gourmet’s Banaba tea
1 short stalk of lemongrass
1 calamansi
raw honey or Stevia leaf

Place the Gourmet’s Banaba teabag in a mug. Add hot water.
Soak in the lemongrass stalk and let it steep for 10-15 minutes.
Add a few drops of calamansi.
Add raw honey or Stevia leaves to taste. Serve hot.

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Scientific reference:

Active Compounds from Lagerstroemia speciosa, Insulin-like Glucose Uptake-Stimulatory/Inhibitory and Adipocyte Differentiation-Inhibitory Activities in 3T3-L1 Cells NaishengBai, Kan He, Marc Roller, Bolin Zheng, Xiaozhuo Chen, Zhongguang Shao, TangshengPeng, QunyiZheng. 2008. Active compounds from Lagerstroemia speciosa, insulin-like glucose uptake-stimulatory/inhibitory and adipocyte differentiation-inhibitory activities in 3T3-L1 cells.Agric Food Chem 56(24):11668–11674. DOI: 10.1021/jf802152z

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