Stevia is a popular natural sweetener that also has some health benefits. With so many of the sweeteners on the market being toxic, it's refreshing to see a sweetener that's both blood glucose friendly and has some actual health benefits. Stevia also may enhance the absorption of other nutrients when taken simultaneously as well. Research shows stevia may actually benefit blood glucose levels, although results may vary. (1) Other studies have shown that steviosides act on pancreatic beta cells and potentiate insulin secretion. It also may help to lower blood pressure. (2,3) Rebaudiaside A shows insulinotropic effects in other studies.
Stevia may also help reduce harmful bacteria in the mouth, and help to thicken egg shells and calcium content in chicken cells. It's possible this may translate to better bone health in humans, but more studies are needed. (4) Some preliminary studies have also shown possible anti-inflammatory, diuretic, immunomodulatory, cholesterol lowering, anti-cancer effects. Stevia may help to prevent the oxidation of cholesterol, and prevent or lessen the deposition of plaque. It may also help raise a beneficial substance in the body called adiponectin. (5,6)
Suggested use 20-30mgs used in food, smoothies, supplement powders, etc.