Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Stevia, The Natural Sugar Substitute

Stevia Leaf is nature's sugar substitute that is said to be a safe, all-natural, zero-calorie alternative to refined sugar, but is also used as an herbal supplement to regulate blood sugar levels and lower blood pressure and LDLs (bad cholesterol). People who ingest Stevia daily often report a decrease in their desire for sweets and fatty foods, which may be very helpful for dieters. It's antibacterial qualities help to promote healthy and clear skin, scalp and lustrous hair.

Stevia Leaf has been used as a healthful dietary supplement that is believed to help improve cardiovascular health by lowering elevated blood pressure (hypertension) and LDLs in the blood. Research has been done that has shown that Stevia significantly increases glucose tolerance and inhibits glucose absorption. Additionally, it is also thought to lower blood sugar levels. Stevia is also sold as a natural sweetener and sugar substitute in some South American countries, to aid people with diabetes and hypoglycemia, since studies have demonstrated that it has a regulating effect on the pancreas and helps to stabilize blood sugar levels.

As a digestive aid, it is thought to improve gastrointestinal function, soothe upset stomachs and reduce gas and stomach acidity.

Stevia Leaf is believed to act as a general tonic that increases energy levels and mental acuity. Many individuals ingesting Stevia daily have reported a lower incidence of colds and flu, and it may also help to speed recovery from minor illnesses. It has been shown to inhibit the growth and reproduction of bacteria that cause gum disease and tooth decay. Many people have reported improvement in their oral health after adding it to their daily brushing and rinsing routines.

Stevia Leaf is said to be beneficial in treating Candidiasis. Stevia as an antibacterial, is useful in helping a number of skin problems, including acne, blemishes, lip and mouth sores, dermatitis and eczema. There are reports that cuts and scratches heal more rapidly after using this herb. Stevia Leaf is thought to improve the quality and health of the hair and scalp.

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