STEVIA ELIXIR™ – ‘SWEETER’ THAN SUGAR!
Growing wild in the highlands of land-locked Paraguay is found a small perennial shrub which produces the sweetest substance on earth. Stevia or ka’a he’ê (“sweet herb”) has been used for more than 1,500 years by the Guaraní peoples of Paraguay to treat several ailments, to sweeten certain medicinal concoctions and herbal teas. Nothing short of a miracle of nature; Stevia has innumerable medicinal properties.
The whole leaf from the stevia plant is about 30 times sweeter than sugar. Several sweet compounds of stevia have been isolated and named, including stevioside, steviobioside, dulcoside A and rebaudiosides A, B, C, D and E. These isolated substances vary in sweetness ranging from 50 to 450 times sweeter than sugar. Pure Stevia powder is so sweet that you must first dissolve it in water and then dispense the solution by drops. The sweetness of 1 teaspoon of the liquid is equivalent to a cup of sugar.
Stevia is the healthiest natural sugar substitute and the most trusted naturally sweet plant on Earth. Stevia leaves are 200 to 300 times sweeter than sugar, free from calories and carbohydrates. It has been used for thousands of years as a food enhancer. It has now been grown commercially and widely used in countries like Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Central America, United States, Canada, Middle East, Europe, Japan, China and Thailand. It has been used as a healthy alternative to sugar for people seeking overall improved health by controlling blood sugar, preventing hypertension, treating skin disorders, preventing tooth decay and controlling Candida. Other studies show that it is a natural antiviral and antibacterial agent as well. It is the most preferred natural sweetener choice for diabetics, and people on a basic diet to control severe liver or kidney diseases such as Hepatitis C. Due to its zero calorie nature, it is extremely useful to people working on weight loss programs.
Advantage and Benefits
Stevia is a sweet plant that is nutrient rich, containing substantial amounts of Protein, Calcium, Phosphorous, Sodium, Magnesium, Zinc, Rutin, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, and other nutrients, yet has no calorific value. It has proven beneficial for many when used as a dietary supplement. While Stevia is very popular as a natural sweetener, few people know of its miraculous healing properties in the treatment and control of a host of common diseases. It is especially useful in the treatment and management of diabetes and hypertension (blood pressure) and is well known as a plaque retardant
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you are a diabetic, sugar is possibly one of your worst enemies. In a
quest to find an alternative to satiate your sweet cravings, you have
probably tried everything out there; but your quest for an
alternative ends here. “STEVIA ELIXIR™” is the answer to your
quest for unmatched natural sweetness.
STEVIA ELIXIR™ is the best natural substitute for sugar, especially for diabetics.
STEVIA ELIXIR™ powder contains a compound called steviol glycoside that is not absorbed by the body, cannot be broken down, and is flushed out directly. It is especially good for diabetics because it stabilizes a patient’s blood sugar by increasing insulin resistance, inhibits the absorption of glucose in the body and promotes the health of the pancreas; thereby boosting your body’s natural insulin production.
STEVIA ELIXIR™ tea is one of the best concoctions to keep one’s blood sugar under control. Just add some STEVIA ELIXIR™ powder in warm water for about five to seven minutes. Drink this tea either hot or cold two to three times a day.
Warning: People with low blood sugar should avoid drinking STEVIA ELIXIR™ tea as it could lead to a drastic drop in blood sugar levels.
Aids in faster weight loss
STEVIA ELIXIR™ contains no calories and is a sweetener that can be used in any amount without the bitter taste found in other artificial sweeteners. The best thing about STEVIA ELIXIR™ is that it can be used in baked as well as cooked products as the glycosides present in it, do not break down when cooked.
An added advantage of STEVIA ELIXIR™ is that it has the capability of reducing one’s cravings for fatty foods and suppresses hunger. In order to use STEVIA ELIXIR™ in everyday cooking, add STEVIA ELIXIR™ to your daily diet to satiate your cravings.
STEVIA ELIXIR™ has no calories. In contrast, a gram of sugar contains about 4 calories, and there are about 4 grams of sugar in a teaspoon. If you put 3 teaspoons of sugar in your coffee, that’s 48 calories for just 1 cup of coffee. Using STEVIA ELIXIR™ in place of sugar can help you achieve and maintain a healthy weight. That’s important because more than 80 percent of people with Type 2 diabetes are overweight.
Controls high blood pressure
STEVIA ELIXIR™ is very useful in lowering blood pressure in people with hypertension. When blood pressure is high, Stevia can lower it by 6-14%. However, it has no effect on blood pressure that is normal or only mildly elevated. Having one cup of STEVIA ELIXIR™ tea on a daily basis can keep a patient suffering from hypertension and those predisposed to the disease, safe.
Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
STEVIA ELIXIR™ contains a compound called retinoic acid that helps reverse wrinkles. It works by inhibiting the breakdown of cells especially collagen and elastin, reduces sebum production, and possibly even enhances the life span of cells. All one needs to do is mix STEVIA ELIXIR™ extract in their regular face cream and use it on a daily basis. Alternatively, one could use the extract on their face once every night and wash it off with cold water after half an hour.
Helps protect your teeth and gums
Gingivitis is an infection of the gums, caused due to certain bacteria present in the mouth. Since STEVIA ELIXIR™ has compounds that prevent the formation of cavities, plaque and bacteria in the mouth, it is great in fighting against gingivitis. The leaf contains various components like Tannins, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Magnesium, Zinc and Iron. All these compounds put together, prevent the colonization of bacteria in the mouth and around the gums. Since plaque is what predominantly contributes to the onset of gingivitis – by preventing its formation – STEVIA ELIXIR™ protects one’s gums from infection. All one has to do is add a few drops of STEVIA ELIXIR™ extract to their toothpaste or gargle regularly.
Reduces heartburn and indigestion
STEVIA ELIXIR™ contains specific plant glycosides that greatly help in treating indigestion and heartburn. Moreover, STEVIA ELIXIR™ contains a lot of Fiber, Protein, Zinc and Iron. All these compounds put together, help to beat indigestion. Moreover the Zinc, Iron Vitamin C and Vitamin A help soothe an irritated stomach lining. In the case of indigestion drink warm STEVIA ELIXIR™ tea, and in case of heartburn, drink the same tea after cooling it. It will help reduce the burning sensation and make you feel much more comfortable.
Heals wounds faster
STEVIA ELIXIR™ 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 ELIXIR™ 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 one to two weeks.
Beats dandruff and acne
Known for its anti bacterial, anti fungal and anti inflammatory properties, STEVIA ELIXIR™ is great to treat persistent acne and dandruff. It also has properties that repair dry and damaged hair. For dandruff free hair, just add a few drops of STEVIA ELIXIR™ extract into your shampoo and use regularly. In case of acne, either make a paste of the leaves or apply the extract directly to the pimple and leave overnight. The extract will dry out the pimple and more importantly; will not leave a blemish. It is important to note that one must use it regularly to see the desired results.
Stevia’s other Multi-functional Healing Properties:
- It kills fungi and viruses
- Reduces inflammation.
- Enhances energy and mental activity.
- Removes dandruff and allows the hair to retain its natural colour.
- Improves glucose tolerance levels and diminishes glucose absorption.
- pH stable (3-9)
- Completely safe for use by children
How to use Stevia ?
Stevia can be used in many ways.
You can add it to your smoothie, yogurt, tea, coffee and other beverages. It is also a good sugar substitute for baking.
Since you can buy STEVIA ELIXIR™ in liquid and powder form, it’s more convenient to use the liquid form for beverages and the powder for baking.
When using stevia in recipes, keep in mind that it is incredibly potent. 3 teaspoon of sugar can have the same effect as 1 gm of Stevia Elixir extract.
Stevia is used for cooking and baking a variety of foods, unlike its artificial counterparts. Stevia is heat stable up to 200 º Celsius and non-fermentable. This is the reason why Stevia is being used Worldwide to create the most scrumptious delicacies; from the delectably sweet chocolate chip cookies to ginger ales.
Stevia’s unparalleled stability against pH, salt, and/or high-temperature conditions makes it perfect for a sugar substitute for cooking and baking applications. This is what sets it apart from aspartame, saccharin, sucralose and most other synthetic sweeteners.
Exposure to heat destroys these synthetic sweeteners at rather low temperatures; sometimes as low as 30 º Celsius, leading to well-publicized negative side effects. This is the main reason why most artificial sweeteners taste significantly different when poured into hot tea/coffee.
Stevia is compatible with salts, organic acids and other natural sweeteners such as sucrose, molasses, barley malt, honey, fructose and sorbitol. It can be used in appetizers and beverages, soups, salads and vegetables, bread and rolls, casseroles, pies and pastries. Chefs around the globe are using Stevia and its products to create the finest and most palatable dishes.
Stevia can be used in the following food items
1. Soft drinks and fruit juices
2. Jams, sauces and pickles
3. The tabletop sweetener for tea, coffee and beverages
4. Weight-watchers diets
5. Pastries, pies, baking
6. Ice cream, yoghurts, sherbets
7. Alcoholic beverage
8. Jellies and desserts
9. Chewing gum
10. Candies and confectioneries
11. Diabetic Diets