If I miss the salingbobog (Crateva religiosa) blossoms in UP Diliman's Sunken Garden, I hope come May or June I won't miss the banaba (Lagerstroemia speciosa
) and the molave (Vitex parviflora), whose violaceous blooms match the softer colors of the wet season.
Zhang et al., "Triterpene acids isolated from Lagerstroemia speciosa
leaves as a-glucosidase inhibitors," Phytotherapy Research, vol.
, in Philippines folk medicine known as "banaba", seems to have anti-diabetic and anti-obesity effects (Klein et al.
A Rideout, Terpenoids and sterols from Lagerstroemia speciosa
, J Asian Nat Prod Res, 7, 7 (2005).
Visitantes florais de Lagerstroemia speciosa
Commonly called Pride-of-India or queen's crape myrtle, Lagerstroemia speciosa
is a species of crape myrtle native to India and Southeast Asia that has been cultivated as an ornamental in tropical areas worldwide.
 Ragasa CY, Ngo HT, Rideout JA.Terpenoids and sterols from Lagerstroemia speciosa
. J Asian Nat Prod Res.
The bark of Lagerstroemia speciosa
was also obtained from Dhaka in November, 2009 and taxonomically identified by Mr.
CardioTrim Diabetic Formula is enhanced with Ayurvedic herbs Gymnema Sylvestre, Mormordica Charantia, and Lagerstroemia Speciosa
(banaba), which maintain healthy blood sugar and insulin levels, normal pancreatic function, reduce carbohydrate cravings, promote healthy insulin function, and support proper carbohydrate and glucose metabolism.
Banaba (Lagerstroemia speciosa
)Mangkono (Xanthostemon verdugonianus)Narra (Pterocarpus indicus)Siar (Peltophorum...
* Banaba (Lagerstroemia speciosa
) extract powder to "suppress a rise in blood sugar and prevent diabetes"
For regulating blood sugar, expect to see increased attention paid to banaba (Lagerstroemia speciosa
), Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum graecum), Gymnema sylvestre, Bitter melon (Mormordica charantia) and Holy Basil (Ocimum sanctum).