Paradise Herbs - Banaba Leaf 12:1 Concentrated Potency - 60 Vegetarian Capsules
Banaba Leaf is naturally extracted using only the finest quality Banaba leaves. Our Standardized True Spectrum™ extract provides active levels of corosolic acid, concentrated in the balanced ratio nature intended, without isolating, fractionizing or using toxic solvents, harsh chemicals or gases.
Paradise Herbs Banaba Leaf 12:1 Concentrated Potency:
- 100% Vegetarian
- No Fillers
- No Binders
- No Common Allergens
- True Full Spectrum
- Naturally Extracted
- No Added Fillers/Flows
- No Toxic Solvents
- No Harsh Chemicals
- No Fractionizing Gases
Banaba Leaf extract has actions in stimulating glucose transport into cells and can help maintain healthy blood sugar levels. For some people, fluctuations in blood sugar are related to appetite, hunger and various food cravings for carbohydrates such as breads and sweets. Banaba Leaf may be a healthy way to support a leaner and more slender body through appetite and sugar control.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which of their products contain gluten?
Gluten concerns arise when wheat, barley and oat products are being used such as in their ORAC Energy greens and Protein & Greens. The wheat and barley juice powders used in their product are harvested from young grasses before the gluten containing endosperms develop and are considered by the suppliers to be gluten free. However there is always a chance for some gluten with these ingredients and growers do not want to guarantee otherwise. They have recently sent product out for gluten testing and they are still pending results. Previously they did this test and they came in with a result of 23ppm and in order to make a gluten FREE claim you have to be under 20ppm. It really also depends if a person is deathly allergic to gluten or just has a gluten sensitivity, in which the later would not have any reaction to such a small level, but they would not recommend the use of any wheat and barley grass for celiac as the risk factor is to great.
What are their vegetarian capsules made from?
The vcaps are made from vegetable cellulose.
What is the base/source of the vegetable cellulose in this product?
The vegetable cellulose is in regards to the capsules. The capsules are high-quality, high performance HPMC (hypromellose) capsules.
How should I store the ORAC Energy Greens?
Because their product is hydroscopic (absorbs moisture from its surrounding environment) they suggest storing it in a more dry area. The fridge has moisture and could possibly clump the product if not sealed tight enough. Clumping does not effect the potency but it does make it harder to mix.
Do you use a cotton insert for their vitamins?
They use a food grade cellophane (A thin, flexible, transparent cellulose material made from wood pulp used in food packaging and wrapping) with their liquid vcaps in place of cotton.
Do you use fillers or binders in their products?
They do NOT use any fillers or binders. They pride themselves on the purity of their products and strive to deliver the greatest and purest products possible, just as nature intended.
Do you add flavors or sweetners to their products?
Their Orac Energy Greens contain 1 gram of sugar. It is very low and from the antioxidant fruit extracts and naturally occurring polysaccharides that are good for helping to build the immune system. They do NOT add any flavors or sweetners.
Is it safe to give their product to a child?
They highly recommend you speak with a medical practitioner before giving their formula to children. On a side note they are currently working on a children's formula.
Their capsules are colored instead of clear. Is this normal?
Yes it is normal. The color added in the capsule is a vegetable chlorophyll that acts as a light barrier to better protect the ingredients.
How long after opening their product does the potency remain at 100%?
That would depend on a number of environmental factors, but generally if kept in a stable dry place it should be fine for a lot longer than the daily serving period.
Are their products caffeine free?
Their green tea leaves are picked very young when the caffeine levels are low. The finished extract only contains between 3-5% which is considered decaffeinated. So per capsule there is only about 7-12 mg. Consider this: the avg cup of coffee today contains 100 mg to 200 mg.
I'm allergic to almonds, cashews, flax, soy, eggs & dairy. Can I still use their product?
Yes you can
Can I take their products during pregnancy?
They would not recommend using any herbs during pregnancy without consulting a licensed medical practitioner.
What is the MSM derived from in their OptiMSM product?
They use optimsm. Here is a link to see the specifications.
Do you test their products for pesticides?
Their products are tested to be free of pesticides
Do you use any magnesium stearate in any of their products?
They do NOT use any flow agents or fillers such as magnesium stearate.
Are their products free of solvents?
They never say without solvents, just HARSH SOLVENTS. The only things they use are purified water and grain alcohol. NO HEXANE, ACETANE, METHANE….etc
Can I still use their product after the expiration date?
Probabilities are that it is fine, but their stability testing do not go beyond the exp date. They recommend purchasing another bottle.
Are their herbalized concentrates standardized?
Many of their extracts do have standardized marker compounds, but their philosophy is in keeping with an herbs constituents and not fractionizing out a "deemed" active compound. Therefore they concentrate the herb down as a whole, similar to reduction cooking, but without the temperature. In the end they are only looking to remove the indigestible fiber and concentrate all of the other compounds.
Can I use hot water to mix their orac energy greens?
It really depends on the temperature you're using. Many of the ingredients used in their Greens are temperature controlled, so they do not recommend using hot water to mix their powders.
About Paradise Herbs
Paradise Herbs, Inc. was established in 1994 by founder and formulator Scott Bias. He has 27 years of training, experience and research in the natural foods industry. Scott has extensively researched and practiced Chinese, Ayurvedic and Euro-Native American herbalism. He received over ten years of apprentice hands-on training working directly under two Oriental medical doctors with a combined total experience of over sixty years in traditional Chinese medicine.
At Paradise they know that the end product is only as good as their starting material. They obtain their herbs from special alliances they have built all over the world. Their herbs are grown where they are indigenous; either ethically and ecologically wild crafted or naturally cultivated without the use of any chemical fertilizers, pesticides or preservatives. For example: Their Ayurvedic herbs Turmeric, Ashwagandha and Holy Basil are from an isolated and pristine environment at the base of the Himalayans, or they obtain their Ginger from the Ecuadorian rain forest where it is ethically wild crafted. It is this total combination of factors: climate, soil, pristine and natural growing environment that produce the outstanding quality of all their herbs. But they don't stop there.
Their end product after extraction is a True Full Spectrum extract, although they measure standard marker compounds in most of their extracts they never fractionate or isolate. They believe in keeping all the synergistic components in the balanced ratios nature intended. They know that in many cases it is not evident which components are to be credited for the clinical effect, or if several components must act synergistically, therefore the whole root extract is always regarded as the active ingredient. It is a central philosophy of traditional herbalism to trust in the wisdom of nature to provide the most complete medicines for humans. Unlike the conventional Pharmaceutical Industry that has sought to isolate compounds to create new drugs, they believe the whole herb is the medicine and is supplying all the benefits. For example, studies have shown that a True Full Spectrum herbal extract of Panax Ginseng consistently outperforms an extract comprising only isolated ginsenosides. This illustrates that polysaccharides and other active constituents in Ginseng play an integral role in its clinical efficacy. Also, research analysis reveals a component in Panax Ginseng called panaxydol to inhibit cell cycle progression of human malignant tumor cells. They believe this is scientific proof for True Full Spectrum preparations as compared to fractionated isolates only containing the ginsenosides and possibly lacking some of the benefits.
Their production facility is designed and operated to pharmaceutical standards, with an OTC drug license and DEA/State Bureau of Narcotics registration. This is far beyond industry GMP standards. Advanced architectural and design features give the manufacturing environment the look and feel of a hospital operating room. All operations are carefully documented, including in-process quality assurance checks. Equipment use/cleaning logbooks, and standard operating procedures are followed scrupulously to avoid any form of contamination or non-compliance.
HEPA filters not only condition the air by removing moisture, they function at 95% efficiency down to 5 microns, eliminating microbial and cross-contamination. This system introduces clean air into the room creating a positive pressure which ensures that only the cleanest air contacts ingredients and finished goods.
THEY NEVER USE FILLERS OR FLOW AGENTS. Common fillers or flow agents like magnesium stearate, calcium stearate or stearic acid are hydrogenated oils. Not only are these oils unhealthy, they coat the capsule ingredients with a layer of saturated fat hindering nutrient absorption. Some studies they have seen list this hindrance to be as high as 80%. Doing the math on this, that cuts down nutrient contents utilized to 20%, not very good to say the least. All labels conform to all applicable DSHEA labeling laws.