Have you or someone you know been diagnosed with cancer? You are not alone. Modern statistics show that now 1 in 3 will be diagnosed with cancer.
Know that there is hope and there are methods of healing the body that are natural and that work. We have more options than just the traditional chemotherapy, radiation or surgery. One of the most comprehensive, informational portals Ive found regarding natural methods of addressing cancer is cancertutor.com.
Here’s an article on stevia and it’s use in addressing cancer. There are also articles on cancertutor.com discussing the benefits of stevia use with a diagnosis of cancer.
Cancers Kryptonite…Stevia rebaudiana
Another great article on Holistic/Homopathic/Natural medicine :
The good news this product is extremely cheap and can be found at herb stores locally or ordered online from many outlets…
Stevia plant (herb) nutrition facts
Stevia plant is a small, sweet-leaf herb of South American origin used by native Guarani tribes of Paraguay since centuries. Is stevia safe alternative to common sugar in the carbohydrate-controlled diets? Does it have healthy nutrient profile safe enough for human consumption as in other herbs such as basil, mint, thyme, etc?
Recent scientific trials firmly establish that this sweet-leaf herb has, in fact, many health benefiting plant-derived phyto-chemical compounds that help control blood sugar, cholesterol, blood pressure in addition to its use as natural sweetener. Together with the rise in demand for low-calorie food alternatives, stevia has drawn the attention of health conscious fitness lovers all over the planet.
Stevia is a small perennial herb belonging to the Asteraceae family, in the genus Stevia. Its scientific name is Stevia rebaudiana. Some commonly known names are honey leaf plant, sweet chrysanthemum, sweetleaf stevia, sugarleaf…etc.
Stevia plant grows 2-4 feet in height with slender, branched stems, and flourishes well all over temperate, and some parts of tropical regions. It is being cultivated as commercial crop in Japan, China, Thailand, Paraguay, and Brazil. Today, China is the leading exporter of stevia products.
Almost all the parts of the plant tastes sweet; however, the sweet glycosides are typically concentrated in its dark-green serrated leaves. The Guarani Indians of Paraguay have used its leaves to sweeten drinks and foods, and employed in various traditional medicines. In the modern times, it is widely used in foods in many parts India, East Asian region and South American countries.
Health benefits of stevia
- Stevia herb parts are very low in calories. Parts by parts, its dry leaves are roughly 40 times more sweeter than sugar. This sweet property of sugar in stevia is due to several glycoside compounds including stevioside, steviolbioside, rebaudiosides A-E, and dulcoside.
- Stevioside is a non-carbohydrate glycoside compound. Hence, it lacks the properties that sucrose and other carbohydrates hold. Stevia extracts, like rebaudioside-A, are found to be 300 times sweeter than sugar. In contrast to sugar, however, stevia extracts have several unique properties such as long shelf life, high temperature tolerance, non-fermentative and at the same time, being near-zero calorie item.
- In addition, stevia plant has many sterols and antioxidant compounds like triterpenes, flavonoids, and tannins. Some of flavonoid polyphenolic anti-oxidant phyto-chemicals present in stevia are kaempferol, quercetin, chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, isoquercitrin, isosteviol…etc. Studies found that kaempferol can reduce risk of pancreatic cancer by 23% (American journal of epidemiology) .
- Chlorgenic acid reduces enzymatic conversion of glycogen to glucose in addition to decreasing absorption of glucose in the gut. Thus, it helps reduce blood sugar levels. Lab studies also confirm a reduction in blood glucose levels and an increase in the liver concentrations of glucose-6-phosphate, and of glycogen.
- Certain glycosides in stevia extract have been found to dilate blood vessels, increase sodium excretion, and urine output. In effect, stevia, at slightly higher doses than as sweetener, can help lower blood pressure.
- Being a non-carbohydrate sweetener, stevia would not favor the growth of Streptococcus mutans bacteria in the mouth which is attributed to be a causative agent of dental caries and tooth cavities. On the other hand, certain compounds in stevia rather found to inhibit caries causing bacteria in the mouth.
- In addition, being a herb, stevia contain many vitals minerals, vitamins that are selectively absent in the artificial sweeteners.
Stevia plant uses in traditional medicine
- Stevia extract has been in use by native South Americans (where it is known as caa-he-éé or kaa jheéé) to reduce weight; to treat wound infections, inflammatory conditions, swelling in the legs and as a tonic to treat depression.
Selection and storage
Fresh stevia leaf.
In its natural habitat, stevia plant leaves are harvested as and when required. However, most of stevia that made available in the markets is grown under green house conditions or at least in supervised farming. If you grow your own stevia plant in the backyard, pick up leaves with short stem for fresh use. In general, fresh leaves are sun-dried, powdered and stored in an airtight container for future use.
To store, place it in cool, dark, humid free place like the one you do it for other dried herbs such as oregano, where it will stay fresh for several months.
Preparation and serving methods
Dried stevia leaves. Stevia sugar (Rebaudioside-A).
Farm fresh stevia plant leaves can be used directly in drinks as sweetener. However, most often its dried powder/ refined stevioside/ stevia syrup are being used in the cooking.
Remember to use dried stevia sugar in small proportions, as it is nearly 30 times sweeter than cane sugar. Roughly, one teaspoonful of dried leaves powder is equivalent to one cup of sugar; therefore, use it in small quantities adjusting the amount to achieve your desired levels of sweetness.
You can also make stevia syrup by adding a cup of hot water to 1/4 cup of fresh, finely crushed leaves.This mixture is allowed to settle down for 24 hours, filtered, and then refrigerated. You may also want to buy stevia sugar rebaudioside-A which is a white, crystalline powder, approximately 300 times sweeter than cane sugar.
Here are some serving tips:
- In Japan and in many East Asian regions, stevia plant parts are being used to sweeten tea, sweets, sauce, confectionary, and soft drinks.
- Stevia extracts are further refined for use as table sugar. It can then be added in jam, yoghurt, ice creams, smoothies, deserts, chewing gum, and sorbets and also to sweeten bitter medicines.
- In Brazil, it is used as a remedy to treat diabetes, high blood pressure, stress conditions…etc.
Stevia plant and its processed products are not being used in the European Union countries for their suspected mutagenic effects. In the USA stevia leaf and its extract is limited to use legally as dietary supplement. However, rebaudioside-A, a processed stevia glycoside, is granted to use safely in many of these countries.
However, in 2006, the World Health Organization (WHO) observed the following statement regarding the use of stevia plant: “stevioside and rebaudioside A are not genotoxic in vitro or in vivo and that the genotoxicity of steviol and some of its oxidative derivatives in vitro is not expressed in vivo.”
In conclusion, stevia and its products are being used in some advanced countries like Japan and for centuries by Guarani tribes of South America and found to be harmless for human use even in pregnancy. (Medical disclaimer).
Truth facts about stevia plant
- Stevia is the herb plant in the Asteraceae family. It is being used in some advanced countries as a safe low calorie alternative, especially in carbohydrate restricted diets.
- It has been safely used by Guarani tribes of Paraguay for centuries without any adverse effects; the fact which is endorsed recently by World Health Organization.
- Further, stevia has many natural anti-oxidants that help lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and control diabetes.
- Stevia can be safely used in pregnancy and in infants. (Medical disclaimer).
Extracting Miracle Crystals from a Leaf…
The crystals hide deep inside the leaves of a plant native to South America.
Indigenous tribes have been enjoying the medicinal properties of the leaves for more than 1,500 years.
The active compound found inside the leaf, called “RUBY-A,” attacks the root cause of virtually every non-communicable disease on Earth.
Exactly how powerful are these RUBY-A crystals?
Enough that the FDA gave its blessing to begin adding the crystals to the food supply, immediately.
RUBY-A is a natural, organic replacement for the toxic food additive found in every North American diet.
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As we know, the pharmaceutical companies are going to do their best to jump on that band-wagon.
Here is a quote from the pharmaceutical’s sales pitch: “Patent #20110X858867 could mark the end of the world’s most dreaded diseases… including the big ones like cancer, heart disease and diabetes.”
BIG Pharma’s claims are that Ruby-A will cure the root causes of almost everything…. cancer, leukemia, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, and even testimonies with weight loss.
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