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Hot girl with a jumpropeStevia Lowers Blood Glucose is used as a natural sweetener which is free of calories and sugar. Not only does stevia sweeten foods and drinks without added sugar, but it also may help dispose of blood glucose and increase insulin sensitivity, according to a study done published in Planta Medica.

The study examined the effects of stevia extract on diabetic rats. The rats were given 0.5 mg/kg body weight of stevioside from stevia twice daily. The stevioside appeared to aid in blood glucose disposal and increase insulin sensitivity. The researchers concluded: “In conclusion, stevioside was able to regulate blood glucose levels by enhancing not only insulin secretion, but also insulin utilization in insulin-deficient rats.” They also noted that the effect appeared to be dose-dependent.

This study investivated stevia as a possible treatment for diabetes in humans. The effects seen in the rats may or may not translate to the human body or may only translate to some degree, but this study had some promising results. Stevia is a zero calorie, natural sweetener that may even have some health benefits associated with its use, so it is likely a much better choice than artificial sweeteners such as aspartame and sucralose.

 

Source:

Chen TH, Chen SC, Chan P, Chu YL, Yang HY, & Cheng JT. (2005). Mechanism of the hypoglycemic effect of stevioside, a glycoside of Stevia rebaudiana. Planta Medica. 71(2), 108-13.

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