Essiac and stevia make a great team. Stevia is an intensely sweet-tasting plant that has been used by humans since the 16th century. It is non-calorie and all-natural.
We have heard good feedback from essiac users who add stevia to their tea to make the taste more palatable. Essiac and stevia are commonly used together. You see, essiac tea isn't known for it's great taste - people take it for the medicinal properties (although some people do love the taste!) Adding something that is not sugar-based to help change the taste can be a great help for those who aren't big fans of plain essiac. Your options of what you can add without influencing the effects of essiac include: lemon juice, fruit/vegetable juice (all-natural), honey, peppermint, and stevia.
We love how essiac tastes with a little stevia added, and we think you will too! With stevia, just a tiny bit goes a long way, so both of the products shown below should last at least six months, even if you take the aggressive dose of essiac (which is 3 oz. three times per day). The cool thing is that stevia can also provide some health benefits of it's own. To learn more about them, scroll down!
Research has shown that stevia sweeteners do not contribute calories or carbohydrates to the diet. It also has demonstrated that stevia doesn't affect blood glucose or insulin when ingested. Furthermore, stevia shows little to no effect on blood pressure or body weight, unlike sugar.
2. Weight control
Stevia can replace added sugar in the diet to help with weight control. The intake of added sugars has been shown to contribute an average of 16 percent to the total calories in an average American diet. Stevia can be included as part of a well-balanced diet to help reduce energy intake - without sacrificing taste.
3. Pancreatic cancer
Stevia contains many sterols and antioxidant compounds, including kaempferol. Studies have found that kaempferol can reduce the risk of pancreatic cancer by 23%!
4. Blood pressure
Recent studies have shown that stevia does not seem to impact blood pressure. Further research is required to confirm this benefit of stevia.
Disclaimer: Stevia has not been FDA tested and has not been FDA approved as a treatment or cure for any health problem. We do not represent it as such on this site. You must determine whether stevia is a dietary supplement you could benefit from. We have provided accounts and descriptions that represent the opinions of a variety of experts in the alternative treatment world as well as actual users of stevia. We do not endorse anything on this site as medical fact.