Saturday, January 19, 2008

Antioxidants Can Be Found in Stevia Leaves

The leaves of Stevia which is said to be 30 times sweeter than sugar also contain antioxidants such as vitamin A and vitamin C. Aside from that, flavonoids such as quercetin and kaempferol can also be found in the leaves which adds to its potency as an antioxidant.

It's available as an extract and many countries including Paraguay, Japan and China use it widely not just as a sweetener but also for medicinal uses like aiding in digestion. Diabetics can greatly benefit from using stevia as a sweetener with an antioxidant punch.

A study from India indicated that the antioxidants in stevia can prevent oxidative damage to the DNA.

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