Stevia against Diabetes
If you are a diabetic, sugar is possibly one of your worst enemies. In the quest to find an alternative to satiate your sweet cravings, you have probably tried everything out there. But did you know that Stevia can help your body in a number of ways, other than just to satiate your sweet cravings.
Stevia lowers blood sugar levels and fights diabetes
According to the American Diabetes Association, stevia is an outstanding substitute for sugar especially for diabetics. The leaf contains a compound called steviol glycoside that is not absorbed by the body and cannot be broken down, and is flushed out directly. It is especially good for diabetics because it stabilizes a patient’s blood sugar level by increasing insulin resistance, inhibits the absorption of glucose in the body and promotes the health of the pancreas.
Stevia tea is one of the best concoctions to keep one’s blood sugar level under control. Just put some stevia leaves in warm water for about five to seven minutes. Drink this tea either hot or cold two to three times a day.
Stevia controls high blood pressure
According to a study published in the Brazilian Journal of Biology and Technology Stevia is very useful in lowering blood pressure in people with hypertension. Although the study found that the effects on one’s blood pressure are seen over one to two years, it does state that it is an effective alternative in controlling the blood pressure levels in people prone to the disease. Having one cup of stevia tea on a daily basis, can keep a patient suffering from hypertension and those predisposed to the disease safe.
Stevia heals wounds faster
Diabetes tends to be accompanied by high blood pressure and edema, and slow healing wounds, and Stevia has been shown to help all these symptoms.
Research has shown that stevia is very useful in inhibiting the growth of certain commonly occurring organisms. Due to this property it is a great way to treat wounds and minor skin infections.
Naturopaths believe that it has the capability to heal wounds faster, can reduce the pain associated with sores and even treat athlete’s foot (a skin condition commonly seen between the toes, usually due to extremely humid conditions). To treat athlete’s foot, soak your feet in warm water with a few drops of stevia extract. After soaking them for about fifteen minutes, pat dry the area and apply a few drops of the extract. You will see results in about two weeks.