The Safety of Stevia
never been a complaint that Stevia, in any of its consumable forms,
has caused any harmful side effects in the 1,500 years of use in Paraguay
and about 20 years in Japan. Scientists who have studied Stevia state
that it is safe for human consumption.
extensive research, Doctors reported "More elaborate safety tests were
performed by the Japanese during their evaluation of Stevia as a possible
sweetening agent. Few substances have ever yielded such consistently
negative results in toxicity trials as have Stevia. Almost every toxicity
test imaginable has been performed on Stevia extract (concentrate) or
stevioside at one time or another. The results are always negative.
No abnormalities in weight change, food intake, cell or membrane characteristics,
enzyme and substrate utilization or chromosome characteristics. No cancer,
birth defects, no acute and no chronic untoward effects. Nothing."
of its current forms, Stevia has a taste unique to itself. Along with
its sweetness there is also a bitter taste when the pure whole leaf
extract or the white Stevioside powder is placed in the mouth. However,
this bitter flavor disappears as does the slight licorice taste when
the product is appropriately diluted in water or other liquid prior
else can you provide yourself and family a sweetener that offers so
many benefits and properties that are great for you!
brief review of the Stevia and its world-wide uses in no way constitutes
an endorsement of such uses. At this time the FDA permits Stevia to
be imported and labeled only for its approved use as a dietary supplement.
Stevia as a dietary supplement.
The majority of reported
health benefits, both from research laboratory and consumer experience,
comes from the daily use of a water based whole leaf Stevia concentrate.
Scientific research has indicated that Stevia effectively regulates
blood sugar and brings it towards a normal balance. It is sold in some
South American countries as an aid to people with diabetes and hypoglycemia.
Since its introduction into the US, numerous people have reported that
taking 20-30 drops with each meal brought their blood glucose levels
down to normal within a short time period. Obviously each individual's
condition is different and such experimentation should be done under
the supervision of a qualified physician. An important benefit for hypoglycemics
is Stevia's tonic action, which enhances increased energy levels and
Studies have also indicated
that Stevia tends to lower elevated blood pressure but does not seem
to affect normal blood pressure. It also inhibits the growth and reproduction
of some bacteria and other infectious organisms, including the bacteria
that cause tooth decay and gum disease. This may help explain why users
of Stevia enhanced products report a lower incidence of colds and flu
and why it has such exceptional qualities when used as a mouthwash or
added to toothpaste. Many people report significant improvement in oral
health after adding Stevia concentrate to their toothpaste and using
it, diluted in water, as a daily mouthwash.
Stevia is an exceptional
aid in weight loss and weight management because it contains no calories
and reduces one's cravings for sweets and fatty foods. Hunger sensations
are lessened when 10 or 15 drops are taken 20 minutes before meals.
Preliminary research data indicates Stevia may actually reset the hunger
mechanisms in people where the pathway between the hypothalamus and
the stomach has become obstructed. If so, Stevia would help people to
feel satiated sooner, helping them eat less.
Other benefits of adding
Stevia to the daily diet include improved digestion and gastrointestinal
function, soothed upset stomachs and quicker recovery from minor illness.
Users have also reported that drinking Stevia tea or Stevia enhanced
teas helped to reduce their desire for tobacco and alcoholic beverages.
regulate blood sugar
curb the appetite
harmful side effects
with weight management
lower high blood pressure Inhibits growth of some bacteria
reduce desire for tobacco and alcohol
What Is Stevia?
is one of the most health restoring plants on the Earth. What whole
leaf Stevia does both inside the body and on the skin is incredible.
Native to Paraguay, it is a small green plant bearing leaves which
have a delicious and refreshing taste that can be 30 times sweeter
than sugar. Besides the intensely sweet glycosides (Steviosides, Rebaudiosides
and a Dulcoside), various studies have found the leaf to contain Proteins,
high levels of Chromium, Fibers, Carbohydrates, Iron, Phosphorus,
Calcium, Potassium, Sodium, Magnesium, Zinc, Rutin (A Flavonoid),
true Vitamin A, Vitamin C and an oil which contains 53 other constituents.
Quality Stevia leaves and whole leaf concentrate are nutritious, natural
dietary supplements offering numerous health benefits. Stevia is grown
in China as well as Paraguay and Brazil.