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Lose Weight Naturally With Banaba Leaf

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Banaba leaf extract is an ingredient in many weight loss supplements which is known to balance blood sugar and promote healthy insulin levels. While there are no miracle weight loss fixes, many people have found relief through natural remedies. Banaba leaf extract may be one such remedy that will work for you.

What Is Banaba?

Banaba, also called Queens Crape Myrtle, is a plant grown in India, the Philippines and other areas of Southeast Asia for medicinal purposes. The leaf is traditionally brewed into a tea or tonic to treat diabetes and hyperglycemia. The key is a compound known as corosolic acid, which stimulates glucose transport in the blood, and therefore works to regulate the level of blood sugar and insulin in the system. Lowering blood sugar also helps control the appetite by reducing cravings for sugar and carbohydrates; for many, this can help a person lose weight. There are also many antioxidants in banaba leaf extract which act as anti-inflammatory agents.

Banaba Leaf and Diabetes

Studies have shown that people with type 2 diabetes have been able to reduce their blood sugar levels by 5 to 30% in 4 to 8 weeks. A regular dose of banaba leaf extract has been shown to help diabetics maintain control over their blood sugar. And, since banaba also seems to reduce cravings, it can help diabetics lose a moderate amount of weight.

How Safe Is Banaba?

So far, banaba has been shown to be safe at doses of 8 to 48 milligrams a day. Be sure to take no more than 48 mg of banaba as it has side effects such as dizziness, tiredness and headaches.

Natural Weight Loss

While we are talking about the use of a supplement to encourage weight loss, it's important to know there will be no miracle cure. Weight loss is more of a psychological focus than a physical one; it takes serious determination and a goal oriented focus. Many people find the hardest part of a diet to be sticking with the routine, but it is this focus and drive to accomplish the ultimate goal of weight loss that helps you lose the weight and keep it off. Many people find the most rewarding part of weight loss to be the strength of character they feel for having accomplished a goal. Anyone can diet for a week or two; it takes real guts and determination to diet for months at a time. However, if you establish healthy habits now, you'll be rewarded with a lifetime of good heath.

Maximize Your Weight Loss

Chances are, if you're reading this article, you're determined to lose weight. Be sure to adapt that focus to the rest of your life as well. Just as we trim extra costs when making a budget, we can trim calories when working to lose weight. Make the most of your food by choosing fresh, healthy options. Limit the amount of processed foods you eat and focus on fresh produce and whole grains and lean protein, the key ingredients of any diet. Weight loss doesn't have to be difficult. With a little creativity and some effort, weight loss can be an exciting journey into the next stage of your life.

Sources: http://www.supplementwatch.com/suplib/supplement.asp?DocId=1034 http://www.thedietchannel.com/Weight-Loss-Herbs.htm

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