Have you heard of Bitter Melon and Banaba Leaf?

By GabbyPA Latest Reply 2013-11-13 13:45:34 -0600
Started 2008-06-22 04:00:33 -0500

I am a holistic nut, and would prefer to lower my sugars as naturally as I can. I found this information on Sweetpoision.com and was curious if anyone out there is using these? If so, where do you get them and what kind of cost is associated with them? Do they work for you? Are there side effects?

Banaba Leaf Extract (Lagerstroemia speciosa) has long been used in Philippine natural medicine for blood sugar control. Animal studies have shown that extracts of banaba leaf have anti-diabetic effects. The active compound in Banaba Leaf Extract is a triterpenoid called corosolic acid, which stimulates glucose transport into cells, and this regulates blood sugar levels and insulin in the blood. Recent human studies support the use of corosolic acid from Banaba Leaf Extract in lowering blood glucose levels.

Bitter Melon Extract (Momordica charantia) is the unripe fruit of a plant found in tropical locations such as East Africa, Asia, The Caribbean and South America. Bitter Melon has been used as an antidiabetic remedy in China, India and the West Indies. Bitter Melon has been shown to improve glucose tolerance and reduce fasting blood glucose levels without increasing blood insulin levels. Researchers in India found that patients with Type 2 diabetes who were supplemented with Bitter Melon had significant reduction in both fasting and after-meal serum glucose levels.

23 replies

nemo1967 2012-11-17 14:22:26 -0600 Report

hi gabby,
i am hard of hearing / visually impaired with ASL…i live NYC…
I am type 2 diabetic for 18 yrs… insuline called NOVOLIN nph. this is suck small dosage that why weird blood leavel… some spike and change control below…crazy… i ask you about bitter melon i read…it nice story… in NYC don't have plant with bitter melon like cucumber shape :( las sept, my sister cathy found restaurent in china and i see bitter melon kinda gross taste aaaak!! with meat… this is first time… didn't work…
many doctor unknow bitter meloen i 'll ask if y or n about nature medicines if work in dece 5 appt for diabetes clinic hope if doc say no or yes… i don't thinks so… tablet or cap are big can't choke… thanks…

JoleneAL 2011-06-16 12:18:49 -0500 Report

I tried the melon when I first was diagnosed and after a month, nothing changed. Probably wasn't taking enough.

GabbyPA 2011-06-17 09:25:28 -0500 Report

That is usually the problem. We don't know the doses to take and recommended ones are usually very low.

GabbyPA 2008-09-01 12:53:18 -0500 Report

I finally found Banba Leaf and have been taking it for a few days now. I also have increased my Bitter Melon dramatically, as I have learned that the doses of herbs are very consertive and often we don't take enough to actually gain any benefit from it. I learned this when I increased my Evening Primrose Oil from 1300 mg a day to 3000. It is actually starting to work now.
I will chime in again in a few weeks, when I can tell if you I notice a difference in my BG levels.

Ryan 2008-09-01 18:12:22 -0500 Report

Aghhh.. I give up…3 times I wrote a reply and it got erased…basically it was what i was telling you about standardization and that it's basically about MONEY!

Ryan 2008-09-01 18:17:10 -0500 Report

It's hard to find a good banaba supplement. the active ingredient is corosolic acid. I found an article on it and took for a while, but I have to look for it. The recommended dose is 24-28 mg. Now nobody knows for sure if it is if it 24-28mg of corosolic acid or the banaba leaf. 24-48 mg of corosolic acid was 1/4 of my bottle since it was 200 mg and standardized for 1% corosolic acid…do the math. 24-48 mills to get 24028mg of corosolic acid. I assume that is what they tested on or else they wouldn't be offering 200mg caps, they would be offering 24-38 mg caps right?

GabbyPA 2008-09-02 03:12:54 -0500 Report

The Banaba Leaf Capsules I found on www.iherb.com have 1.5% corosolic acid = 3.75mg per capsule. I take 2-3 a day. It is a 12:1 ratio =3000mg of whole leaf. They come in a vegitarian capsule too. The manufacturer states that they are not processed with harmful chemicals and contain no pesticieds, fungus or preservatives. I have a 3 week supply for $12.
So I guess I need to be taking them more often to reach the recommended 24mg...I am at 11.5 on my current course...oh well.

preacherman1611 2008-07-10 12:07:14 -0500 Report

Am too am very interested in getting my sugar under control as natural as possible. Apple Cider Vinegar has been recomended to me and seems to be working. I have lowered my level by 150 points in 6 weeks.

AnnCuppyCake 2011-06-16 12:53:30 -0500 Report

I was told the same thing about white vinegar from my neighbor who also has type2 . I tied it and it did lower my numbers .

fancyrebel 2008-07-10 12:15:51 -0500 Report

Please tell me more about the apple cider vinegar.

Goddess 2008-07-10 16:19:52 -0500 Report

I would also like to about the apple cider vinegar. How you took it and how much also how many times a day.

AnnCuppyCake 2011-06-16 12:56:21 -0500 Report

I make a salad dressing with it. I never measure. Just pour about a half cup with fresh garlic and Olive oil. After i eat my salad i drink the lefover dressing …maby a heaping tablespoon. and it's delicious!

preacherman1611 2008-07-11 00:14:44 -0500 Report

The thing I have learned so far is that it is like the opposite of sugar. Where sugar is sweet and has the properties to raise your blood sugar level, Apple Cider Vinegar is bitter and lowers your blood sugar level. I put about one table spoon in my 16+ oz of juice and stir it up then drink it as a tonic, two to three times a day. It has a bit of getting use to but I think it has contributed to my quick lowering of my blood sugar and some weight lose. Like I said it is a little bitter and if you can get by the taste I think it will help anyone.

GabbyPA 2008-07-11 12:30:34 -0500 Report

I have been on a couple of spots here and they were saying use white distilled vinegar. We were using apple cider vinegar, then switched. Is there a better benifet from one over the other? Right now, I use 2T apple cider vinegar with my aloe vera drink in the AM, then at meals were I can, I use 1T of white distilled per 8oz of cold water. The other night, my husband asked the waitress to bring me a galss of water with vinegar, it ended up being red wine vinegar. I have a rasberry vinegar that is wonderful, but I am just wondering if it would be just as effective. Does anyone know the difference??

The glycimic index says it reduces the conversion to sugar of your carbs when you take it with a meal. I have noticed a leveling, but not a drop, but my mom, who takes it 3-4 times a day is seeing her AM fasting numbers back in the low 90's and that is fantastic.

AnnCuppyCake 2011-06-16 12:58:13 -0500 Report

I use distilled whiet vinegar ..It does lower my numbers. I put it in my salad with olive oil and fresh garlic…

Rita 2008-07-10 03:47:56 -0500 Report

Hello, i heard and read a lot about bitter melon, but i have not tried it yet, but i have nothing about banaba leaf.I love take supplements too. I take Diabetes Nutrition from Spring Valley, 1 month supply is about $10 at walmart. A little daily packet with 6 tablets in it. Chromium, alpha lipoic acid, green tea, multi vitamin with lutein, selenium, vitamin c, folic acid. I use to buy supplement from my local health store, but it just way too expensive. So i looked up online and i found a couple good site to try if you are interested. www.vitaminshoppe.com ,
www.vitacost.com ; they have many good supplements for good price. Did you heard about Gymnema Sylvestre? I use it and i think it helps me to lover my level, but i think better for type2, i'm type1 w/insulin. Ever since i take it i noticed my sugar lower and better under control. Of course everybody is different, and you should check with you're dr. before you try something new. Here is the link about Gymnema: http://www.diabeticconnect.com/discussions/34...
Let me know how the bitter melon works for you.

GabbyPA 2008-07-10 11:27:28 -0500 Report

I have the Gymnema Sylvestre in my combo capsule also. When I was purchasing my bottle, a lady next to me said that she tried the bitter melon as a tea, NOT SO NICE. (grimmice) So having it in a pill sounds better.

Goddess 2008-07-09 19:17:56 -0500 Report

Gabby, Where do get the stuff and howmuch does it cost?

GabbyPA 2008-07-09 23:34:41 -0500 Report

I have found bitter melon at my local health food store. It comes in a multi vitamin/herbal supplement capsule that I take twice a day. It is a little pricy, $32 for a month supply, BUT I don't have to take additional E, C, Magneseum, Chromium, and something else(can't think of it at the moement). So it actually costs less for me. The one I take also has Bilberry in it, Ginko, and some of the other herbs that are supposed to be helpful for our sugar. The best thing is to go into your health food shop and talk with an associate. I was going to purchase individual items, but he guided me to the combo capsule, and it was much better.
I still have not found anything with the Banaba Leaf in it without a price that I didn't want to spend.

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