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Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana)

Overview: Stevia, renowned for its natural sweetness, is a small perennial herb belonging to the Asteraceae family. Originating from South America, it has gained global recognition as a natural sweetener and herbal supplement.

Appearance: This leafy green plant features small, serrated leaves and white, tubular flowers. It's typically harvested for its leaves, which contain the sweet-tasting compounds.

Cultivation and Harvesting: Stevia thrives in subtropical and tropical climates and is cultivated worldwide. Its leaves are harvested when the sweetness is most potent, usually in late summer or early autumn.

Traditional Uses: Historically, Stevia has been used by indigenous communities in South America for centuries, both as a sweetener and for medicinal purposes. It was traditionally used to sweeten teas and medicines.

Phytochemical Profile: The sweetness of Stevia comes from its glycosides, including stevioside and rebaudioside A, which can be up to 300 times sweeter than sugar but calorie-free.

Herbal Actions of Stevia:

1. Natural Sweetener: Stevia is most famous for its use as a natural, zero-calorie sweetener. Unlike sugar, it doesn't contribute to increased blood sugar levels, making it a popular choice for those monitoring their sugar intake.

2. Antioxidant Properties: The plant contains compounds with antioxidant properties, which are crucial for combating oxidative stress and supporting overall cellular health.

3. Blood Sugar Management: Some studies suggest that Stevia might help in managing blood sugar levels, making it a subject of interest for research in diabetes management.

4. Blood Pressure Regulation: Certain glycosides in Stevia have been observed to have a blood pressure-lowering effect, although more research is needed to fully understand this action.

5. Anti-inflammatory Effects: The compounds in Stevia may also possess anti-inflammatory properties, which can be beneficial in reducing inflammation-related discomfort in the body.

6. Oral Health: Unlike sugar, Stevia does not contribute to tooth decay, and its antibacterial properties may support oral health, making it a favorable sweetener for dental care products.

Safety and Precautions: Stevia is generally recognized as safe for consumption. However, as with any supplement, it is recommended to consult with a healthcare professional, especially for those with allergies or specific medical conditions.


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  • Preparation and Dosage: Stevia can be used in dried leaf form, as a powdered extract, or in liquid form. The concentration of sweetness varies greatly among different forms and products, so dosages should be adjusted accordingly.


    This monograph is for educational purposes and should not be considered medical advice. Always consult a healthcare professional for health-related decisions.

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