Anti-obesity stevia

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Stevia, a sweetener and a remedy against diabetes and obesity, according to a new scientific study

Stevia can help in the treatment of type 2 diabetes and obesity. This is highlighted in a Mexican study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food.

Stevia sweetener

Stevia is well known because it is used by the food industry as a sweetener. It is a good natural alternative to sucrose, as it sweetens well without providing calories. And it does not have the critical issues characteristic of synthetic sweeteners.

From folk legend to research

Stevia, a small shrub widespread in South America, was indicated in Brazilian folk medicine as a natural remedy for diabetes. A hypothesis now confirmed by researchers who–through in vitro and in vivo studies–evaluated the beneficial effects of steviol compounds–aqueous and alcoholic Stevia extracts–derived from the plant’s leaves, flowers and roots.

Remedy for diabetes and obesity

According to scientists at the Autonomous University of Yucatan, Stevia rebaudiana Bertoni is useful in controlling metabolic diseases (type 2 diabetes and obesity) and in controlling body mass.

Administered orally to guinea pigs for between three and nine weeks ,it resulted in weight reduction. Previous studies reviewed by researchers also found Stevia’s ability to reduce glucose and postprandial insulin levels and contribute to lowering blood pressure.

All of which the researchers say suggest further study of Stevia, now a candidate to combat some of the most notorious noncommunicable diseases.