It is known as "the sweet plant" because its leaves taste sweet. Native to Paraguay, today is grown throughout the world and is used for its sweetening power and for its medicinal properties.
Stevia is a plant which by itself would expose the unethical business of aspartame (artificial sweetener chemical carcinogen) i largely reduce the consumption of drugs and insulins of transgenic production.
Herb, erect stem bearing several canes per vine, the taproot reaches 90 inches tall in the wild in the tropics only reaches 50 inches in height. The leaves are simple, opposite in their youth and alternate as a manifestation of flowering, with long internodes, which are reduced by flowers in small chapters, terminal or axillary, grouped in panicles carimbosos, tubular corolla, states pentalobulada, white and red . From fruit achene, slim and feathery.
In different trials in Antioquia their behavior related to flowering occurs as follows: When the plant is grown continuously blooming for the first time, a situation which is corrected by pruning continuing education, then normally, for further cuts, pass between 25-40 days depending on the time of year, temperature and latitude of the location where the crop is planted.
Matte composite weeds, which avoids the use of sugar infusion.
As simple in health food stores and diet.
The "stevioside" is recommended for diabetics and has been accepted by Argentina Diabetic Protection League.
The leaves are about 20-30 times sweeter than sugar, so stevioside is 300 times more and Rebaudioside A 450.
Some of its properties are as follows:
Prevents tooth decay and gum disease.
Very soluble in cold or hot water, resistant to high temperatures.
It has no calories. No raises blood glucose.
Useful to sweeten coffee, tea, mate, fruit juices, soft drinks, pastries, candy, toothpaste, ice cream, chewing gum, etc.
Not crystallize or form candy (not useful for making candy and frosting).
Fresh: about 4 young leaves taken before or during breakfast and 4 more sheets before or during dinner.
Dry ground: when no fresh leaves have steadily we can make an infusion of dried leaf. To take an infusion plant will use a teaspoon rasa dessert (2 grams) infusion twice a day: one taken in the morning to govern the day and another shot at the end of the day to regulate the night, using a teaspoon increasingly dessert.
For convenience you can do once daily infusion and store in the refrigerator in closed glass jar leftover infusion for the next shot. For example, if we make a liter, we added a heaping tablespoon boiling water, turn off the heat, shake gently, let stand about 10 minutes and passed through a sieve. The infusion should be stored in refrigerator for one liter have for two days. We'll take a glass fasting morning and one before dinner or bedtime.
Remarks: People with diabetes should be checking blood sugar levels to adjust medication levels arising under taking stevia leaves. Likewise, people with downward tension and who are taking antihypertensive medication should consider the possible effects of this plant. Stevia drops as you can get in some establishments NOT have medicinal properties.
HABITAT: South America.
PART USED: Leaves.
Diabetes moderate, moderate regularizing the blood pressure, moderate allergies, chronic Hepatitis mild, moderate Pericarditis and moderate hypertension.
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