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Biological Name: Stevia rebaudianaStevia

Other Names: Sweetleaf, Stevia

Elements Applied: Leaves are commonly applied in herbal medicine.

Active Components: Stevia’s sweet taste originates from high glycoside, particularly stevoside content. Stevoside is much sweeter than glucose or common sugar. According to early studies, stevia produced a positive action on glucose absorption by the body, and for this reason can be applied as an aid in diabetes, though the fact is still not proven sufficiently. Even in case stevia is not really efficient in treating diabetes, its intake may decrease the amount of sugar, taken by diabetic patients. Another research has revealed that stevia widens vascular walls in animals, and thus may be potentially helpful in hypertension. The implemented dosage was higher than stevia amounts applied instead sugar, and its action on vessel walls has not been justified in people.

History: Native residents of South America applied stevia as a sweetening substance, for which aim it was also used by European settles. Native peoples also employed stevia to cure diabetes and prevent conception. English people used stevia as an alternative for sugar during WWII. Nowadays Stevia is most widely used by Japanese.

Used For: Stevia is now used as an aid for diabetic patients.

Additional Info: Stevia herb originates from the forests of Paraguay and Brazil. Nowadays it is specially cultivated in China, Thailand, Korea, Japan, and its indigenous areas. It is commonly used as a substitute for sugar in drinks and meals, especially due to the reason it is devoid of adverse effects induced by sugar.

Preparation and Intake: Stevia is used for sweetening purposes at a dose of less than a gram. Commonly herb powder is poured directly to food or drinks.

Safety: Multiple researches conducted on animals and humans have revealed stevia is generally safe. Stevia market share in the sweetening industry is over 40 percent in Japan. It is also used instead sugar in South America. For this reason the herb is considered harmless.

There is no further data concerning the herb’s safety level. It is possible that the plant interacts with the medicine you use. Speak to your health-care provider before using the remedy.