Stevia and Atherosclerosis Researchers fed 12-week old mice with 10mg/kg dose of stevioside next to a placebo group and found out that stevioside inhibits atherosclerosis by improving insulin signaling and antioxidant defense in obese insulin-resistant mice.The mice had lower glucose and insulin levels (diabetes people, rejoice!Fast forward to our days and stevia takes 40% of the sweetener market share in Japan, being used extensively in homes and commercial soft drinks. would you be surprised to learn that the Japanase are also using stevia as a treatment for type 2 diabetes? The Stevia Diabetes Connection Researchers found that One research studying the effects of stevia, aspartame, and sucrose on food intake, satiety, and postprandial glucose and insulin levels found similar results and showed that compared to sucrose or aspartame consumers, human stevia consumers had lower post-meal blood sugar levels and much lower post-meal insulin levels. The stevia-consuming group didn’t have any of the sweet cravings sugar and some alternative sweeteners induce, and their blood-sugar profile was more stable.Another study found some beneficial effect of stevia on diabetes and diabetes-induced renal disorders and concluded that theirrecent research evaluated how stevia affects diabetic rats and discovered that rats fed with doses of 250 and 500 mg/kg a day significantly reduced their fasting blood sugar levels, insulin resistance, triglycerides, alkaline phosphatase and omentin levels.stevioside and steviol stimulate insulin secretion via a direct action on beta cells, and may have a potential role as antihyperglycemic agents in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus.Before we dwelve deep into mother science, lets take a look at the stevia plant and see what it holds underneath its lavish green pigments.Stevia plant is a genus of 240 various species of herbs and shrubs belonging to the sunflower family (which is now being adopted as a sweetener around the world, just like it was used for centuries by the Guaraní tribes of Brazil and Paraguay.Interesting enough, fewer patients in the stevioside-group developed left ventricular hypertrophy, a pathological thickening of the heart muscle.
Stevia, Memory and Oxidative Damage One study found an antiamnesic effect of stevioside in scopolamine-treated rats.Stevia and Cholesterol Researchers studying long-term feeding effects of stevioside sweetener on some toxicological parameters of growing male rats found that stevia taken alone in low-doses lowered cholesterol and was deemed safe to use and without any toxicological effects on body weight, organ relative weight, haematological and biochemical parameters or enzyme activities, though high-doses (1500mg/kg, an amount unrealistic outside the lab) did increase some toxic parameters.The interesting part: taken together with an inulin soluble fiber – stevioside also increased HDL and lowered overall lipids.Researchers impaired the memory of mice through the use of scopolamine (an I’d be very interested to read further studies about the effects of stevia on memory preservation on humans.Who knows, perhaps an unexpected alternative treatment for Alzheimer was right under our nose all this time?Processed or pure stevia sweetener products today are used for many purposes – from its raw sweet leaves in Japanese teas to a processed powder or liquid bottle used to sweeten soft drinks, or even at home for baking and cooking. That’s why some processed brands like Truvia and Pure Via isolate rebaudiosidend use it solely while other ‘natural’ or ‘raw’ stevia brands use the full spectrum of glycosides.