A Review on Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana): A Medicinal Plant
Smita N. Takarkhede*
Plants are one of the most important source of medicine. Stevia is perennial herb that belongs to Astaraceae family. It is natural sweetener plant & is 300 times sweeter than cane sugar. It is native to Paraguay & Brazil. It is also called as the sweet herb of paraguay. The major constitutes identified were the steviol glycosides. Its nutritional value benefits both the young & old ones. Stevia is belived to have antiglycemic antiseptic antibacterial, antimicrobial, anticancer activity & also be used in stomach upset, indigesion, weight loss, heart burn, etc. It is expected that it will generate hope for diabetic people who have craze to eat sweet.
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