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Stevia Could Help Protect Against DNA Damage, According to New Study

Posted Oct 02 2008 3:13pm

Note from Connie: You may already have heard about stevia, the herb that's some 150 to 300 times sweeter than sugar, has zero calories and doesn't raise blood sugar levels.

Now, a newstudysuggests that the shrub, which is grown in parts of south America and Asia ans used as a sweetener over there, may help protect against DNA damage and cancer. Bear in mind that stevia is not sold as a sweetener here in the U.S. but is available as a supplement, as I point out in my book SUGAR SHOCK! My blogging assistant Karen James gives you more info.

Scientists from the Indian Institute of Chemical Biology in Kilkata recently found that an extract from Stevia rebaudiana leaves contained high levels of several antioxidantpolyphenols, wrote Stephen Daniells for NutraIngredients.com.

Findings from the study -- which were published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry -- indicated that the stevia extract could help protect against damage to DNA strands.

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