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Stevia a Vasodilator? Anyone experience adverse symptoms from consuming Stevia?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created October 17, 2011 at 5:46 PM

One new thing that I added to my diet that I had never previously consumed is stevia. Ever since going LC/Paleo, I have used pure stevia powder as my primary sweetener. I have been putting it in coffee, whey protein PWO drinks, recipes, and even tried "Zevia" soda alternatives.

Apparently stevia is a vasodilator, and while that may be a good thing for some people, it might also not be for others.

I have never figured it could be giving me trouble, but I did some looking around and many people do in fact report some oddball side effects with stevia. It's supposed to be the best, most pure and natural non caloric sweetener available. I still believe it probably is, but now I am wondering if Stevia is messing with my blood flow enough to make me feel like I have some kind of heart problem when maybe I don't.

btw... I use a very pure stevia powder from Stevita. It's guaranteed to be at least 95% pure stevia crystals. (no fillers). But it should be noted that I do not consume stevia in large amounts. Usual dose in coffee and/or PWO drink is about 1/8 of a teaspoon at a time. So I really never have anything above 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon on any given day.

Has anyone else felt any unwanted symptons with stevia?

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on May 17, 2013
at 05:24 PM

That's awesome, where would you be able to get seeds or cuttings to grow from? What kind of environment do they need?

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on May 16, 2013
at 11:16 PM

The powder is a less refined form of stevia - I grow it in my garden and when I dry it and grind it it is a dull green. It looks pretty much like any dried herb. The white crystals are the result of alot of processing that makes it look like, feel like, and have the "weight" of granulated sugar - this is very prized by the fake sugar industry! It can still be 100% stevia but if it is white it is highly processed

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on October 19, 2011
at 03:11 AM

Jack, also some Raynaud's patients, male and female, are prescribed Viagra for exactly the same purpose, i.e., for vaso-dilation when their small blood vessels are being attacked.

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on October 18, 2011
at 06:40 PM

Instead of dropping stevia why not just test your blood sugar 30 minutes after you consume stevia? Put that in water or in coffee with nothing else. It's not supposed to be glycemic. But if you're allergic to it, and you think it's raising your insulin, that register as BG increase.

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on October 18, 2011
at 02:27 PM

ben - black molasses is a pure sweetener choice, but it is pretty heavy in fructose. Like honey, it may be 'better' fructose than other choices because of the rich mineral composition. To me, it tastes like liquid black licorice. pretty much the only thing we've found that we can do with it is add it to baking recipes. (oh.. and back when I was eating a lot of sweet potatoes, I put some butter and and drizzled a spoon of black strap on that action. tasted nice.)

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

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on October 18, 2011
at 02:21 PM

CarbSane - I wonder if stevia is indeed causing me constant insulin surges and therefore raising trigs and VLDL. 5-6 days per week (for many months now), I have consistently had stevia in my morning coffee, and stevia in my PWO drink. I stopped the PWO drink a few weeks ago, but I did that for quite a long and sustained time. I am going to drop stevia completely and see how I feel.

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on October 18, 2011
at 01:57 PM

Stevia seems to have been widely used in Japan. Those who defend the safety of stevia frequently point to Japan, that's it's been field tested there for eons (20-30 years?), where Coke and Cargill have not been able to lobby Japan's FDA to treat them as a "dietary supplement". Didn't realize Stevia also has history in Chinese medicine; I thought it was Lo Han that was used.

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on October 18, 2011
at 01:04 PM

I've been doing a lot with coconut sugar and coconut syrup lately - no coconutty flavour and it works really nicely. Low glycemic levels as well. Worth a shot if you want some sweet.

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on October 18, 2011
at 12:32 PM

what about plain ol black strap molasses. the taste is pretty rad once you get used to it.

183f5c49a7a9548b6f5238d1f33cb35e

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on October 18, 2011
at 01:33 AM

Correct, it was the powdered leaf that I bought - dull, muddy green powder. Was going to try fresh stevia leaves, as I think my MIL has some growing in her garden, but I ain't touching any more stevia with a 40 foot pole, lol!

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

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on October 17, 2011
at 10:42 PM

Amanda, the serving size caveat goes along with the potency; that's why any pure powder form of stevia is just not sellable. It is so fine and dusty that it will just blow away. Maltodextrin or sugar is used as a bulking agent. See those powder stevia products: you need a Lilliputian's wooden spoon to drop it into drinks. That's why bottles with droplets are used.

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on October 17, 2011
at 10:38 PM

Also, I was thinking stevia could work as a blood pressure medication of sorts. This is how beta blockers and ARBs work, through vaso-dilation.

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on October 17, 2011
at 09:34 PM

Well if that does work, I think Stevia is probably better than Viagra.

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on October 17, 2011
at 09:08 PM

On the plus side, I doubt much of the phytate makes its way into the final product. I've always been highly skeptical about stevia.

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on October 17, 2011
at 09:08 PM

i get the same problems if i consume stevia, and i get hypoglycemic

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on October 17, 2011
at 08:43 PM

Yes, I also had aching in my eye sockets, which was mildly scary.

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on October 17, 2011
at 08:42 PM

It's the powdered leaf, less processed than the extract, which is white.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

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on October 17, 2011
at 08:42 PM

After months of no sweeteners at all (except whole fruit) during which time I felt fabulous, I tried stevia and got sick almost immediately. After several days of trying smaller doses but still getting sick I stopped and the symptoms totally disappeared after a few days. My symptoms were headache including aching eye sockets (both rather than one as in my migraine attacks which stopped on primal) and an all-over sick feeling.

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on October 17, 2011
at 08:40 PM

Why brown rice syrup?

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on October 17, 2011
at 08:30 PM

The powder is green? I've never seen green stevia powder. The kind I've bought is 100% stevia and it is pure white.

D69d10c3b22d75b09a12f0ebfc7c61b9

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on October 17, 2011
at 08:29 PM

Also, some brands of stevia are cut with maltodextrin. I read the ingredients labels and buy only 100% powdered stevia and it is so potent that the serving size is this ridiculously small little "pinch" of a scoop!

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on October 17, 2011
at 08:27 PM

Good for those who abhor the "bitterness" of stevia and can stand sugar alcohol.

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on October 17, 2011
at 08:26 PM

There seems to be some allergic reaction to stevia. Try Truvia, a mix of stevia and erythritol.

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on October 17, 2011
at 08:22 PM

Travis - I have rice syrup in the cupboard. Bummer is it's brown rice syrup and tastes like it. There is a white rice syrup out there, but I've never gotten ahold of one. I used to put the brown rice syrup in my PWO drink and some recipes. It sorta tastes like caramel. At any rate, I think I am gonna try removing stevia from my consumption agenda.

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on October 17, 2011
at 08:11 PM

You ought to switch to rice syrup.

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on October 17, 2011
at 07:35 PM

I'm not goofing around. But I always felt good after taking stevia. Tose aborigines in Paraguay think it is an aphrodisiac. Think I know why now.

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on October 17, 2011
at 07:32 PM

are you just goofin off here with this answer? you are talking about Raynauld's syndrome and coffee stevia balancing each other out and whether or not stevia might give a man a stiffy? sounds like a big bowl of sarcasm to me but I'm not actually certain.

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on October 17, 2011
at 07:30 PM

are you just goofin off here with this answer? sounds like a big bowl of sarcasm to me but I'm not actually certain.

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on October 17, 2011
at 07:29 PM

are you just goofin off here with this answser? sounds like a big bowl of sarcasm to me but I'm not actually certain.

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3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

on October 17, 2011
at 06:51 PM

Wow, that's great. That explains why stevia might be hypoglycemic. Also, if I have Raynaud's syndrome, I should have coffee with stevia, since coffee will vaso-constrict, while stevia will vaso-dilate. This will neutralize caffeine's constricting effects on microvessels.

Also, has anyone taken enough stevia to check if vasodilation works well enough down there for the macrocapillaries to perhaps supplant viagra or cialis?

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on October 17, 2011
at 07:29 PM

are you just goofin off here with this answser? sounds like a big bowl of sarcasm to me but I'm not actually certain.

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5152)

on October 17, 2011
at 07:35 PM

I'm not goofing around. But I always felt good after taking stevia. Tose aborigines in Paraguay think it is an aphrodisiac. Think I know why now.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on October 17, 2011
at 09:34 PM

Well if that does work, I think Stevia is probably better than Viagra.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on October 17, 2011
at 07:32 PM

are you just goofin off here with this answer? you are talking about Raynauld's syndrome and coffee stevia balancing each other out and whether or not stevia might give a man a stiffy? sounds like a big bowl of sarcasm to me but I'm not actually certain.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on October 17, 2011
at 07:30 PM

are you just goofin off here with this answer? sounds like a big bowl of sarcasm to me but I'm not actually certain.

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5152)

on October 17, 2011
at 10:38 PM

Also, I was thinking stevia could work as a blood pressure medication of sorts. This is how beta blockers and ARBs work, through vaso-dilation.

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5152)

on October 19, 2011
at 03:11 AM

Jack, also some Raynaud's patients, male and female, are prescribed Viagra for exactly the same purpose, i.e., for vaso-dilation when their small blood vessels are being attacked.

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24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on October 18, 2011
at 11:03 AM

I've been sort of surprised by the rise in Stevia usage in the LC community. Stevia has a long history in Chinese medicine for treating diabetes. It apparently stimulates insulin (which is inconsistent with LC theory). Insulin is a vasodilator so it is possible you are experiencing this.

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5152)

on October 18, 2011
at 01:57 PM

Stevia seems to have been widely used in Japan. Those who defend the safety of stevia frequently point to Japan, that's it's been field tested there for eons (20-30 years?), where Coke and Cargill have not been able to lobby Japan's FDA to treat them as a "dietary supplement". Didn't realize Stevia also has history in Chinese medicine; I thought it was Lo Han that was used.

Af1d286f0fd5c3949f59b4edf4d892f5

(18472)

on October 18, 2011
at 02:21 PM

CarbSane - I wonder if stevia is indeed causing me constant insulin surges and therefore raising trigs and VLDL. 5-6 days per week (for many months now), I have consistently had stevia in my morning coffee, and stevia in my PWO drink. I stopped the PWO drink a few weeks ago, but I did that for quite a long and sustained time. I am going to drop stevia completely and see how I feel.

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5152)

on October 18, 2011
at 06:40 PM

Instead of dropping stevia why not just test your blood sugar 30 minutes after you consume stevia? Put that in water or in coffee with nothing else. It's not supposed to be glycemic. But if you're allergic to it, and you think it's raising your insulin, that register as BG increase.

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Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on October 18, 2011
at 02:50 AM

Stevia made my throat burn and itch, every time (I stopped using it, obviously). Doesn't matter what formulation. I can tell if it's in my food just based on the intense reaction. It's not totally benign; plenty of people have adverse reactions to it.

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8f3730668ce0afe19faafc9da192df15

on October 17, 2011
at 08:23 PM

Whenever I consume stevia I feel awful. Sharp headache, pain behind the eyes, slightly dizzy, upset stomach. I've only tried it 3 times, but each time I've had the same reaction.

If I need a sweetener I just use honey or sugar; but I try to limit my sweet intake as much as possible.

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5152)

on October 17, 2011
at 08:26 PM

There seems to be some allergic reaction to stevia. Try Truvia, a mix of stevia and erythritol.

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5152)

on October 17, 2011
at 08:27 PM

Good for those who abhor the "bitterness" of stevia and can stand sugar alcohol.

D69d10c3b22d75b09a12f0ebfc7c61b9

(230)

on October 17, 2011
at 08:29 PM

Also, some brands of stevia are cut with maltodextrin. I read the ingredients labels and buy only 100% powdered stevia and it is so potent that the serving size is this ridiculously small little "pinch" of a scoop!

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on October 17, 2011
at 08:43 PM

Yes, I also had aching in my eye sockets, which was mildly scary.

3c6b4eed18dc57f746755b698426e7c8

(5152)

on October 17, 2011
at 10:42 PM

Amanda, the serving size caveat goes along with the potency; that's why any pure powder form of stevia is just not sellable. It is so fine and dusty that it will just blow away. Maltodextrin or sugar is used as a bulking agent. See those powder stevia products: you need a Lilliputian's wooden spoon to drop it into drinks. That's why bottles with droplets are used.

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183f5c49a7a9548b6f5238d1f33cb35e

on October 17, 2011
at 08:06 PM

I bought some organic powdered stevia to experiment with (green tea-ish powdery looking stuff) and it makes me feel sick every time without fail. Symptoms include headaches, tiredness, just want to sleep and can't get any work done. Luckily since then I've given up the taste for added sweetness.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on October 17, 2011
at 08:42 PM

After months of no sweeteners at all (except whole fruit) during which time I felt fabulous, I tried stevia and got sick almost immediately. After several days of trying smaller doses but still getting sick I stopped and the symptoms totally disappeared after a few days. My symptoms were headache including aching eye sockets (both rather than one as in my migraine attacks which stopped on primal) and an all-over sick feeling.

183f5c49a7a9548b6f5238d1f33cb35e

(1716)

on October 18, 2011
at 01:33 AM

Correct, it was the powdered leaf that I bought - dull, muddy green powder. Was going to try fresh stevia leaves, as I think my MIL has some growing in her garden, but I ain't touching any more stevia with a 40 foot pole, lol!

Ed983a42344945b1ff70fd9597a23493

on October 17, 2011
at 08:42 PM

It's the powdered leaf, less processed than the extract, which is white.

D69d10c3b22d75b09a12f0ebfc7c61b9

(230)

on October 17, 2011
at 08:30 PM

The powder is green? I've never seen green stevia powder. The kind I've bought is 100% stevia and it is pure white.

618fc5298c4a96b817c4918c795a875f

(1217)

on May 16, 2013
at 11:16 PM

The powder is a less refined form of stevia - I grow it in my garden and when I dry it and grind it it is a dull green. It looks pretty much like any dried herb. The white crystals are the result of alot of processing that makes it look like, feel like, and have the "weight" of granulated sugar - this is very prized by the fake sugar industry! It can still be 100% stevia but if it is white it is highly processed

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F1b39d4f620876330312f4925bd51900

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on October 17, 2011
at 06:36 PM

This may be unrelated, but I noticed after a few week long trials, that Stevia makes me sweat a ton -unrelated to my temperature. (For example I will be chilly in my office, but sweating). Normally I hardly sweat at all -even when I am hot.

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on February 20, 2013
at 02:28 AM

I posted last year asking if anyone had experienced dizziness after Stevia use (as I did).

Turns out that I'm not alone!

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on September 29, 2012
at 09:22 AM

it gives me diarree and sleeping problems.

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on October 18, 2011
at 12:13 PM

It gives me diarrhea.... -_-

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on March 17, 2014
at 08:10 AM

This is very interesting. I've been on a Paleo diet for a few months now. Most of this time I've felt good, but with intermittent feelings of light-headedness, loose bms, upset stomach, stomach cramps, and soar throats. I couldn't figure it out until it came to me one morning - I had these sympoms when I ate Stevia!

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Edba9eaf1e4f465603e23fe190c22ecb

on July 25, 2013
at 07:02 PM

I just bought a package of Youngevity vitamins/powders. Began taking them and felt off. About an hour later got super hungry. Also had an odd aftertaste which was repulsive. I identified the overwhelming taste as something sweet, maybe an artificial sweetener which I don't do well with and voila, in the ingredients: "Stevia." There went a chunk of money down the drain. Why do these companies that claim they are healthy add sweeteners? It would be better to allow us to add which ever, if any, sweetener we prefer. I don't get it. Can anyone recommend a company that has good vitamins without sweeteners?

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on June 08, 2013
at 04:59 PM

I developed hives at the back my neck and ears 6 days ago and it it now spreading to the front. I have been using Stevia for about a month. I didn't love it at first and so wasn't using it everyday but now quite like it and have been using it in my coffee or tea twice a day in the last week or two. I am trying to figure out the hives... guess I will give it up and see... too bad if that is it.

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on May 29, 2013
at 05:08 AM

I love Stevia, never had an issue with it and have been using it daily for almost 3 years.

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on May 29, 2013
at 01:46 AM

It didn't happen at first, but after using organic stevia a few weeks, I noticed my throat would burn/itch and I'd cough up slag for hours and hours. Of course if I took an oral med like Bendadryl-which was my first clue-it got better. I had to stop using it... must be allergic to the ragweed, etc., used in it. Another "magic bullet" sugar substitute used, measured and found wanting. Had to discontinue use.

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on May 16, 2013
at 11:20 PM

If anybody reading this thread (an old one, I know) has the inclination to grow stevia - it is SUPER easy and a couple of leaves in a drink gives alot of sweetening power with virtually none of the side effects from using the highly processed and concentrated stuff. When you use it in "sugar" form, you are getting a huge whallop of it. I imagine our paleo ancestors would have just chewed a couple of leaves for a treat. That's how I make my mojitos - a few leaves of stevia and mint muddled in the bottom of a glass then top with rum. YUM.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on May 17, 2013
at 05:24 PM

That's awesome, where would you be able to get seeds or cuttings to grow from? What kind of environment do they need?

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on May 16, 2013
at 10:01 PM

me too, heart palpitations, anxiety attacks that become worse with increased use.then it takes a few days for the symptoms to go away. I am not allergic to anything, just very mild hayfever occasionally

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on March 25, 2013
at 04:03 PM

I experience Dizziness and my heart skips beats, using Stevia... Anne Murray

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on December 28, 2012
at 03:16 AM

My husband tried Truvia for the first time on Christmas Eve morning. (One of Truvia's main ingredients is stevia.) He has hay fever and is allergic to ragweed, so perhaps that is why he reacted to stevia, and like the woman with lips that looked like she had had bad collagen injections, his lips ballooned so that they resembled Homer Simpson's protruding muzzle. At first his upper lip swelled, and he had an enormous blister on the inside of it. Then the blister popped and the inside of his upper lip was raw and painful. We also noticed that he had several red, raised patches on his torso. He took benadryl, and the swelling lessened a bit, but we didn't know what was causing the allergic reaction, and he put Truvia in his coffee again on Christmas morning. His upper lip was still swollen and raw, and as the day wore on, his tongue began to swell, his throat began to ache, and then his tongue blistered. He has been in agony, and he finally went to the doctor today (two days after Christmas) where he was given a shot and prescribed prednisone and some kind of mouthwash compounded with lidocaine.

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on May 05, 2012
at 05:14 PM

I use it only when I use my organic vanilla cut back from 5-6 to 2-3 drops maybe 3-4 times/week. Have not found any effects but was definitely stalled when using splenda and sugar alcohols in no sugar added Wethers.

http://www.lewrockwell.com/sisson/sisson41.1.html

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Stevia A two-year randomized, placebo-controlled study of Chinese patients with mild hypertension (which a rather large swath of society probably suffers from) found that oral stevioside intake significantly reduced systolic and diastolic blood pressure. Patients either took a 500 mg capsule of stevioside or a placebo three times a day

Read more: http://www.marksdailyapple.com/stevia/#ixzz1u140o5FL

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on October 18, 2011
at 06:09 AM

Well this guy claims stevia is the answer to global warming and in another vid also claims it's creates cold fusion. All filmed from the luxurious location of a public restroom. Hope he was crazy prior to these vids and it's not a side effect of too much stevia :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PblXhbZNa3s&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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on October 21, 2011
at 09:38 PM

Stomack problems are caused by the fillers that some blenders use such as FOS which has a very low digestive tolerance. In South America stevia has been used for centuries as a traditional medecine for diabetics. A few clinical studies done in Denmark showed that the pure stevia extract showed ani-hypoglycemic effect in diabetic rats. Therapeutic dosages of pure extract is been evaluated by pharmaceutical companies in Europe when administered to insulin dependent individuals. In small quantities to be used as sweetner, stevia has a proven record of safety. In rare situations some consumers have reported allergies after using stevia. After more than 20 years in the stevia business, we have not received any reports of adverse health effect other than very few cases of allergies.

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