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Stevia

Stevia Extract
Stevia rebaudiana, a small plant that grows in Latin America as well as in parts of the southwestern United States, is becoming much sought-after for its sweet leaves and flower buds. It has been used for a hundred years as a sweetener in South America and now has wide commercial rate in Japan, where it is put in everything from soft drinks to soy sauce. With thirty times the sweetness of sugar, yet with negligible calories, this herb is expected by Japanese researchers to be the main natural sweetener in the future.


Because stevia is a whole herbal food, it contains other properties that nicely complement its sweetness. A report from the Hiroshima University School of Dentistry indicates that stevia actually restrains dental bacteria growth rather than feeding it as sugars do. Other studies have shown a beneficial ratio between stevia and the regulation of blood sugar levels. For instance, no signs of intolerance appeared in 24 cases of hypoglycemia. Similar results occurred with diabetic patients. In fact, no damaging effects have yet been reported. Japanese and Latin American scientists have discovered other attributes of stevia including tonic, diuretic properties; stevia also treats mental and physical fatigue, harmonizes digestion, regulates blood pressure, and assists weight loss.

Stevia is increasingly available in the United States as a powder or liquid extract in stores that carry natural foods. The sweetening power of stevia is immense as one to three drops of the extract sweetens one cup of liquid. The powdered leaf can be made into a simple extract by mixing one teaspoon in a cup of water and allowing it to soak during the night. Stevia's sweet flavor is not affected by heat; thus it can be used in teas and other beverages, canning fruits, and baking all kinds of desserts.

Stevia

Its use in desserts, however, does not add the wealth or moisture of most high calorie sweeteners; likewise, it doesn't appear to have the same damp-producing class in the body and therefore is potentially a good sweetener for the obese person or those suffering from mucus, Candida, edema, or other signs of dampness.
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Healing Properties of Fruits:Grape

Grapes
This fruits has a neutral thermal nature, it has sweet-and-sour flavor and has the ability to increase energy. Grapes are used in the East and West as a blood tonic—contains valuable cell salts known to build and purify the blood and develop the cleansing function of the glands; benefits the kidneys and liver and thus strengthens their relevant tissues—the bones and sinews. Grapes are also used to treat rheumatism and arthritis, especially when these conditions are marked with signs of coldness. It has diuretic properties and reduces edema and treats urinary difficulty including painful urination. Grape juice is also a valuable remedy for liver malfunctions such as hepatitis and jaundice.

A poultice of mashed grapes purifies infected areas and reduces growths. For this purpose, a fresh poultice is applied daily and kept in place for at least 8 hours. These poultices should be used until the condition improves. Grapes make a good energy snack for children. The dark varieties of grapes are better for blood-building needs such as anemia; they are also more strengthening. Excessive use of grapes may diminish visual acuity. As a healing remedy it should be used approximately for 8 ounces once daily for chronic conditions, twice daily for acute conditions.
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