As we told you last week, cancer cells have a massive dependence on sugar as a fuel source. The higher the blood sugar level, the higher the risk of cancer and every other disease.
What are we talking about when we say sugar? Sugar is white sugar; carbohydrates. And the biggest culprit of all is fructose corn syrup. Fructose corn syrup alone is destroying the health of the American people.
For a natural sweetener that will not raise your blood sugar levels, use stevia.
Stevia is plant that grows in tropical and subtropical regions of North and South America. Stevia replaces all the bad sugars that play havoc with insulin balance and blood glucose.
Its most obvious and notable characteristic is its sweet taste. However, the sweet taste is not due to carbohydrate-based molecules, but to several non-caloric molecules called glycosides.
Individuals who cannot tolerate sugar or other sweeteners can use stevia. The first glycoside molecule was isolated from stevia in 1931 by two French chemists named Bridel and Lavieille. It’s called stevioside.
Other aspects of stevia are capturing people’s attention. The herb is sold in some South American countries to aid diabetics and hypoglycemics. Research has shown that a whole leaf concentrate has a regulating effect on the pancreas and helps stabilize blood sugar levels.
Therefore, stevia is useful to people with diabetes, hypoglycemia and Candidiasis.
Other traditional uses of stevia are: lowering elevated blood pressure (hypertension), as a digestive aid that also reduces gas and stomach acidity, and to reduce obesity. The herb acts as a general tonic that increases energy levels and mental acuity.
It is a wonderful aid to weight loss and weight management because it contains no calories. Additionally, research indicates that it significantly increases glucose tolerance and inhibits glucose absorption. People who ingest stevia daily often report a decrease in their desire for sweets and fatty foods. It may also improve digestion and gastrointestinal function, soothe upset stomachs and help speed recovery from minor illnesses.
Stevia also inhibits the growth of some bacteria and infectious organisms, including those that cause tooth decay and gum disease.
Many individuals using stevia have reported a lower incidence of colds and flu. Many who have used stevia as a mouthwash have experienced a significant decrease in gum disease.
Many health writers recommend stevia apart from all other sugars!
Editor’s note: Part 1 appeared last week and can be accessed by clicking here. —BL)