Plants with medicinal properties are very important for the improvement of health and can prevent various conditions.
What is Stevia Rebaudiana?
It is a very sweet plant or herb from South America that has the ability to replace sugar and other synthetic sweeteners with its ability to sweeten. It is especially found in Brazil, Paraguay and growing naturally in the Department of Amambay. But its cultivation has been extended to other countries for its great sweetening properties and caloric content.
What are the uses of Stevia Rebaudiana?
It has a lot of applications to sweeten food, sweeten drinks, pastries or as supplements for weight loss. It is also used as a medicinal agent or plant and as a cosmetic. Also its leaves as food for animals, its extracts in the breeding of nursery animals and agricultural crops and its waste in sterile grounds.
Properties of Stevia Rebaudiana
- It is alkalic
- Minerals such as phosphorus, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, sodium, among others
- Vitamins A, B and E
- Zero fats and salt
- Water soluble substances
- Low in carbohydrates
Benefits of Stevia Rebaudiana
Stevia has the capacity to strength the immune system and digestive system, benefits people with hypertension by regulating blood pressure and stimulates insulin secretion. In addition, it increases blood vessels and improves circulation, also increases our defenses and in turn decreases fatigue and anxiety.
This plant regulates the levels of glucoses and uric acid, helps lose weight and prevents aging. Additionally, Stevia Rebaudiana fights gastrointestinal problems, skin problems, rheumatic pain, wound scars and various types of fungi.
In conclusion, the main characteristics with its scientific name Stevia Rebaudiana Bertoni, originally from Paraguay, described by (Bertoni), very popular by the Guarani calling it sweet grass, powerful sweetener, sugar substitute, its leaves are alternate dark green, white small flowers, with superficial roots, with achenes, its cultivation is sandy, well drained, and it is not resistant to drought.
On the other hand, it can be consumed in liquid, granulated and dry powder form where it retains its great natural power. It is also used as a sweetener, food additive and dietary supplement.