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Stevia, medicinal properties and benefits of its consumption

 

Stevia or Stevia is much more than a plant to sweeten. It has therapeutic properties that we can take advantage of for the benefit of our health and we will tell you all about them so that you can take advantage of the medicinal qualities of stevia leaves.

What is Stevia or Stevia? 

Stevia , Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni , is a shrub that belongs to the botanical family of Asteraceae or Composites like other medicinal plants such as Calendula , Dandelion , Arnica montana or Chamomile .

Stevia is native to Paraguay and its leaves have been traditionally used in the popular medicine of different local cultures, such as the Guaraní Indians, due to the medicinal properties of stevia , its sweet taste and its ability to sweeten drinks and foods.

Stevia leaves, known as sweet herb , can be used as a natural substitute for sugar to sweeten recipes for ice cream, desserts and sweets of all kinds such as cakes, muffins, cakes, we can also use it in drinks such as infusions, tea , coffee, smoothies and juices, etc. Stevia is up to 300 times sweeter than white sugar and without providing calories.

We recommend always using Organic Stevia , whether it is the stevia leaf or the stevia extract .

Active principles and medicinal action of Stevia

This natural sweetener contains very interesting biocomponents. Among the active principles of stevia  we can highlight stevioside, rebaudiosides and different flavonoids .

But this medicinal plant, in addition to phytochemicals with therapeutic action, also provides nutrients such as Vitamin A and Vitamin C , and minerals such as iron , phosphorus , calcium , potassium and zinc.

Stevia leaves have action:

  • Antidiabetic
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Anticarcinogenic
  • Hypoglycemic
  • Antioxidant
  • Antimicrobial
  • Antitumor
  • Hypotensive

Medicinal properties of stevia

  • Stevia provides 0 calories
  • It is a natural source of antioxidants
  • It has digestive action
  • Has a mild hypotensive effect
  • Stevia is antifungal
  • Helps reduce anxiety
  • Promotes proper oral health
  • It is diuretic
  • Stevia regulates blood sugar and has a hypoglycemic effect
  • Has diuretic action
  • It is cardiotonic
  • Fight fatigue
  • Protects against cancer cell growth
  • Stevia is a vasodilator
  • It is immunostimulating
  • Has anticaries action
  • It has an antibiotic effect
  • Stevia has vulnerable action
  • It is an adjunct in the treatment of obesity
  • Cardiovascular protector
  • Fight constipation

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Benefits of stevia consumption

MEDICINAL PROPERTIES STEVIA People with type II diabetes can especially benefit from the consumption of stevia, since this medicinal plant contributes to regulating glucose levels in the blood due to its hypoglycemic action because it stimulates the secretion of insulin by the pancreas.

In addition, stevia improves glucose tolerance, which is why it would be beneficial for obese people and those with a predisposition to diabetes.

It favors the function of the heart thanks to its cardiotonic effect.

Stevia has a mild hypotensive effect, making it a good natural remedy to improve high blood pressure or hypertension.

Improves the digestive process of food and the function of the stomach and intestines.

Stevia is a good natural remedy to fight fungus.

This sweet herb is a natural remedy for heartburn or heartburn.

Stevia is used successfully to alleviate anxiety.

In cases of cystic fibrosis, stevia can help alleviate it.

It can reduce liver and kidney damage in people with diabetes.

Chewing stevia leaves prevents tooth decay. We can also use it in the preparation of homemade mouthwashes and toothpastes.

The stevia infusion contributes to weight loss, being especially interesting for people who are dieting to lose weight.

Inhibits the proliferation of pathogens in our body.

Strengthen our defenses

Stevia, due to its vulnerable effect, stimulates wound healing.

Seeing the obesity and diabetes pandemic that exists in the world today, stevia leaves are a natural aid to sweeten without providing calories and to reduce sugar levels and reduce damage to different organs suffered by diabetic people after several years of this disease.

How to use stevia

With the stevia leaves you can prepare a liquid stevia sweetener to always have it on hand when using it as a substitute for sugar for coffee, tea, when making sweets, etc.

Stevia or sweet herb can be taken by preparing an infusion with its leaves. Put 3 or 4 stevia leaves in a cup and add 150 ml of hot water, which does not come to a boil. Cover and let stand 10 minutes. Then drink little by little when it gets cold.

You can also cut the stevia leaf and add it to the jug or bottle of water that you take with you to go to study, to work, to play sports, etc. and thus give a sweet and pleasant touch to the water.

Contraindications of Stevia

There are no known contraindications for stevia.

In all studies it is concluded that it is a plant to be generally safe.

However, if you are under drug treatment, consult your doctor and / or your pharmacist.

Consulted bibliography:

  • https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10408398.2015.1072083?journalCode=bfsn20
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27784241
  • https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/jsfa.7627
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27784241
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6034025/
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29995279
  • https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23140911

 

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