Self made from my own organically grown plants. Sweet, without a bitter taste and excellent to sweeten desserts or tea. I also use it on top of the toothpaste to brush my teeth and my mouth flora is happy.
Stevia is an herbal plant originally from Paraguay with small green leaves that have a delicious flavor and is said to be 30 times sweeter than sugar but has no caloric value.
It is an annual plant that can yield up to 1/2 pound of dried leaf per plant.
The leaves of the plant also contain proteins, carbohydrates, iron, potassium, zinc, calcium, magnesium and other minerals along with Vitamins A and C.
It is used in Japan as a noncaloric sweetener. It has been approved by the FDA as a dietary supplement for nutritional benefits. Dried Stevia leaves are available at herb shops and botanicals and are often used in cooking instead of sugar.
Stevia also has many therapeutic uses in other countries. In Brazil, it has been found to lower sugar levels in diabetics. In China, it is used to aid digestion, lose weight and even to stimulate the appetite.
Stevia powder is said to work wonders on any type of external sore and it is said drinking Stevia tea will reduce mouth sores and improve oral health.
Health Benefits of Stevia:
It is estimated that over 500 scientific studies have been performed on stevia. Many scientistshave reported numerous health benefits to adding stevia to the daily diet. Scientific research indicates that stevia effectively regulates blood sugar in people with diabetes and hypoglycemia, bringing it toward more normal levels..
Studies have indicated that stevia tends to lower elevated blood pressure while not affecting people with normal blood pressure..Stevia inhibits the growth and reproduction of oral bacteria and other infectious organisms. Regular users of stevia as a mouthwash or for brushing teeth (added to toothpaste) have reported an improvement to bleeding gum problems. This inhibition of oral bacteria may explain why users of stevia-enhanced products. Report a lower incidence of colds and flu. Subsequently, an increasing number of toothpaste manufacturers are now using stevia in their products.
When applied externally, stevia poultices and extracts have been observed to have therapeutic effect on acne, seborrhea, dermatitis and eczema. Extracts placed directly in cuts and wounds, have demonstrated rapidly healing without scarring..ther benefits of adding stevia to the daily diet include improved digestion and soothed upset stomachs..Stevia is also an exceptional aid in weight loss management because it contains no calories and reduces the craving for sweets and fatty foods. Steviosides, the principle sugar molecule component of stevia, pass through the human alimentary canal without being altered by digestive processes, demonstrating remarkable stability. They simply cannot be broken down into their metabolites under normal gastric conditions. As a result, the sugar molecules pass unchanged through the human gastrointestinal tract and are not absorbed into the blood, producing no calories.
Preliminary research indicates that stevia may actually reset the hunger mechanism in people where the pathway between the hypothalamus and the stomach has become obstructed. In other words, it clears the communication pathway between the stomach and the brain, reducing hunger sensations faster