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DESCRIPTION

Stevia, Stevia rebaudiana

Stevia is a small perennial herb in the Asteraceae family. Stevia plants grow 2-4 feet in height and have slender, branched stems. Originally stevia came from Paraguay where the Guarani Indians used its leaves to sweeten drinks and food.


USES

  • Stevia is a sweetener with extremely low calories and 40 times more sweetness than sugar.
  • Stevia is rich in antioxidants and is useful in reducing the risk of pancreatic cancer.
  • Stevia has the ability to dilate blood vessels, increase sodium excretion, and urine output.
  • Stevia contains phytochemical compounds that help control blood sugar, cholesterol, and blood pressure.