What Is Stevia ?
Stevia is a 0 calories natural sweetner extracted from the leaves of the plant stevia rebaudiana native to Paraguay first use by the guarani peoples but is now also grown in india ,japan and china. Stevia is about 100 to 300 times sweeter than sugar but has no carbohydrates no calories & no artificial ingredients and is also safe for diabetes, Stevia has shown many potential health benefits. The term “stevia” refers to high-purity stevia leaf extract.
Health Benefits Of Stevia
It help control blood sugar and insulin levels
Studies have shown that stevia consumed by a person having stage 2 diabetes have reduced 18 percent of after-meal blood glucose levels. The effect of stevia on blood sugar has only been observed when plasma glucose levels are elevated. It does not lower normal blood sugar levels in healthy individuals. Stevia is not just a safe sugar substitute, but a natural insulin sensitizer that may help maintain normal sugar and insulin levels in diabetics and nondiabetics alike. Since stevia extract also decreases oxidized LDL cholestero and triglycerides, and lowers high blood pressure, all metabolic risk factors, it has great potential for the treatment of metabolic syndrome.
It help lower the blood pressure level
A double-blind, placebo-controlled study demonstrated that oral stevioside taken at doses of 250 mg, three times a day for one year resulted in significant, lasting decreases in both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in patients with mild to moderate hypertension. A longer, subsequent study by the same research team that lasted two years and with an increased dose of stevioside ( 1,500 mg) replicated the decreases in blood pressure found in the initial study. The study also reported that taking heavy dosage of stevia has no side effects.