STEVIA/ SWEET LEAF (Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni )

Common Name: daun manis (mal), Candy Leaf, sugar leaf, sweetleaf (USA); South Africa (Afrikaans): heuningblaar (honey leaf); China: 甜菊 (tian jü – sweet chrysanthemum), 甜菊叶 (tian jü ye – stevia leaf), Dutch-speaking countries: honingkruid; sweet honey leaf (Australia), sweet herb of Paraguay;German speaking countries, also Switzerland: Süßkraut, Süßblatt, Honigkraut; Hungary: jázmin pakóca; India: madhu parani (Marathi), gurmaar (Punjabi), madhu patra (Sanskrit), seeni tulsi (Tamil), madhu patri (Telugu); Israel: סטיביה (sṭīviyyāh in Hebrew); Japan: アマハステビア (amaha sutebia); Portuguese-speaking countries: capim doce (sweet grass), erva doce (sweet herb, also a Portuguese term for fennel), estévia (Brazil), folhas da stévia; Spanish-speaking countries: hierba / yerba dulce, estevia, ka´a heê (sweet herb) (Guaraníes, Natives of Paraguay); Sweden: sötflockel; Thailand: satiwia, หญ้าหวาน (ya wan, or sweet grass in Bangkok)

Botanical name: Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni
Family: Asteraceae (Compositae)

Stevia has a inordinate ability to sweeten. Stevia in it’s natural herb form is approximately 10 to 15 times sweeter than common table sugar. Its common form a white powder extracted from the leaves of the plant is rated at 70 to 400 times sweeter than sugar.

Medicinal : Diabetes, Obesity, Hyperactivity, High blood pressure, Carbohydrate cravings, Tobacco and alcohol cravings, Hypoglycemia, Indigestion, Yeast infections, Skin toning and Healing.

Leaf is calorie free. This is the reason why in some countries, the leaves are added into bitter beverage to make it taste better. Scientific research has shown that the leaves is able to regulate blood sugar levels and used as a digestive aid. It is also said that the extract can be used as a skin care product with effects of clearing blemishes, tighten skin and remove winkles. It can also used to heal mouth sore and treat a variety of wounds.

For centuries, the Guaraní tribes of Paraguay and Brazil used stevia, which they called ka’a he’ê (“sweet herb”), as a sweetener in yerba mate and medicinal teas for treating heartburn and other ailments. More recent medical research has shown promise in treating obesity, high blood pressure, and hypertension.Stevia has a negligible effect on blood glucose, even enhancing glucose tolerance; therefore, it is attractive as a natural sweetener to diabetics and others on carbohydrate-controlled diets.

Possible treatment of osteoporosis has been suggested by observations that eggshell breakage can be reduced by 75% by adding a small percentage of stevia leaf powder to chicken feed, and that pigs given 2% stevia leaf powder in their feed experienced a doubling of serum calcium.

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