Stevia Leaf (Stevia rebaudiana). Also known as “honey leaf,” this herb is native to South America and Asia, is up to forty times sweeter than sugar, and has been used for centuries.1 The most commonly used calorie-free sweetener in Japan, in the United States it is considered an herbal product.2 Refining the leaf of this plant results in an extract called stevioside, which is up to 300 times sweeter than sugar; both stevia and stevioside are safe for use and are commonly turned to by many people, especially those managing blood-sugar levels.3
What it is used for: Stevia is most commonly used as a natural sweetener with no known side effects.4
Research Highlights: Preclinical evidence suggests that stevioside may help control blood pressure by exerting the same kind of calcium channel blocking ability characteristic of some blood pressure medications.5 Additionally, a 2015 meta-analysis of publish studies found that stevioside has significant blood pressure-reducing properties when used over a length of time.6
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1. Balch, P. A. (2003). Prescription for Dietary Wellness, 2nd ed. New York, NY: Avery Publishing, p. 208.
4. Balch, J. F. & Stengler, M. (2004). Prescription for Natural Cures. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons, p. 261.
5. Life Extension Foundation. (2013). Disease Prevention & Treatment, 6th ed. LE Publications, Inc., p. 823.