The answer to alternative sweeteners for diabetics, this herb has not only a negligible effect on blood glucose, but may even enhance glucose tolerance. Based on a 2011 review study, stevia sweeteners were found to be a likely benefit for diabetic patients.
Studies have also shown the stevia to greatly improve insulin sensitivity or even insulin production, which may help to reverse diabetes and metabolic syndrome. Consumed before meals, the stevia is found to significantly reduce postprandial insulin levels.
Though no concrete scientific evidence have been made to suggest its use in reducing hypertension, no harmful effects have been found in the Japanese’s thirty year heavy consumption of the plant, which contains anti-hyperglycemic, anti-hypertensive, anti-inflammatory, anti-diarrheal, diuretic, and immunomodulatory properties.
last update by M 12/7/2012