Stevia is both carbohydrate and calorie-free which makes it possible for dieters to satisfy sweet cravings without wrecking their eating plans. It lowers blood pressure; this makes it an ideal sweetener for people with high blood pressure. Similarly, for people with high blood sugar levels, Stevia has the possible benefit of lowering sugar levels. This makes it a possibly acceptable substitute for anyone with blood sugar or insulin problems including diabetics. However, diabetics should continue to monitor their blood sugar levels and insulin levels after using Stevia to make sure everything remains in check. It increases energy levels and promotes an overall feeling of well-being.
Stevia has antibacterial properties that make it an ideal ingredient in toothpaste and mouthwashes, as it can aid in fighting cavities and gingivitis. After eating sugar, a sticky layer of proteins is attached to the teeth forming plaque whereas, Stevia’s glycosides have been proven to be good for teeth battling tooth decay & aphthae and strengthening gums. Moreover, it has been used as an ointment in the treatment of eczema and acne. Stevia aids in calcium formation e.g. chickens fed on preparation laced with Stevia lay eggs with significantly tougher shells resulting in reduced egg shell breakage. This suggests that use of Stevia would be better particularly for women and children with growing bones. It’s good for digestive system, curbing candidiasis and helps with an upset stomach and soothing acidity. Furthermore, washing hair with stevia extract prevents dandruff.
Dr. Hafiz Muhammad Akram, Dr. Muhammad Shoaib, Shahid Abbas