The Guarani Indians of modern-day Paraguay have used leaves of the Stevia shrub since ancient times.
They called Stevia the "sweet herb" or "honey leaf" in their dialect and used it to sweeten bitter forms of tea and medicinal potions for many centuries before its use spread to surrounding areas.
Modern scientific interest in Stevia plants began in the late 1800s.
According to "The Stevia Story: A Tale of Incredible Sweetness & Intrigue," Stevia species were first researched by Spanish botanist and physician Pedro Jaime Esteve, whose surname was Latinized to form the word, Stevia, which became the genus name for the plants.
By the early 1970s, Japan became the first country to cultivate and market Stevia as an alternative to refined sugar and artificial sweeteners. Stevia is now widely used in China, Southeast Asia and parts of South America.
Steviol Glycosides Components
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Stevia Property & Function
Its medicinal properties
Stevia is used extensively as a sweetener, but it can also be used as a medicine. It had been discovered to have a number of health related benefits and this places it ahead of several other sweetening agents. This write up will look into some of the associated medicinal properties of stevia.
Best for diabetic patients
Since stevia does not increase blood sugar level, it is the best for any one who is on a carbohydrate- controlled diet. If you are a diabetic patient and you need to sweeten your tea or any other food you consume, you should only go for stevia. The stevioside content of stevia sweetener can also help to improve your glucose tolerance.
Other health related importance
Are you having hypertension? You should only go for stevia- derived sweetener. It does not worsen your health situation. Instead, it helps you to cope with things. It may even be able to relieve you of your hypertension. You should however note that this possibility is still being researched and there is no official declaration yet about how helpful stevia can be on hypertension.
Obesity can also be controlled with the consumption of stevia. Do not forget that stevia do not contain carbohydrate. High carbohydrate is one of the culprits in obesity. The sweetener is also able to melt some of the fats you have on you and give you a firmer and slimmer body shape.
Stevia is used as medicine in various parts of the world. The South American countries make up the larger percentage of countries using the plant for this purpose. It is also used in various health related products in the United States. Many of the dietary supplement products made in the United States contain stevia.
Packing Detail: Packed in 40cm*50cm paper-drums and two plastic-bags inside.
Storage Situation: Stored in a well-closed container away from moisture and strong light/heat.
Shelf Life:Two years under well Storage situation and stored away from direct sun light.