Stevia rebaudiana is a small medicinal plant that belongs to the chrysanthemum family. Native to Paraguay, the plant in its natural form is up to 10 times sweeter than domestic sugar. Stevia is popularly known as a natural sweetener, often used as a way to replace sugar. Low in calories, it can be consumed daily by those who need to diet.
Properties and benefits
Among its main benefits are the reduction in sugar absorption during the digestion process. Therefore, consumption should be done by those who have problems with diabetes, or are even looking to lose weight. The tea, when consumed, in addition to the benefits mentioned above, can help regulate blood glucose levels, acts as a diuretic and a mild tranquilizer. It also helps to detoxify the body and reduce anxiety.
In addition to not containing calories, stevia is not toxic, nor does it alter your blood sugar level. The consumption of tea also inhibits the formation of plaque and dental caries and does not contain artificial ingredients. Tea can also be used to combat hyperactivity, obesity, high blood pressure, indigestion, candidiasis, in addition to inhibiting the craving for carbohydrates, tobacco and alcohol, and is an excellent health tonic for the skin.
To prepare the tea, use the ratio of one teaspoon of dried stevia leaves to each teacup of water. In a container, put the water and bring to fire. While the water heats up, place the stevia leaves in a cup and set aside. When the water boils, pour over the leaves and cover, leaving it to rest for approximately 10 minutes. Strain afterwards and consume afterwards. The recommended dose is two cups of tea a day.
Care and contraindications
Excessive consumption of tea can cause hypoglycemia, so it is important to always follow the recommendations and consume only with medical advice. Pregnant patients and those suffering from any pathology should be careful with tea ingestion, always consulting a doctor.