The pancreas in the human body performs two main functions. It provides the synthesis of digestive enzymes and insulin for glucose uptake by the cells. With the occurrence of the inflammatory process in the tissues of the body there is a failure in carbohydrate metabolism. Such a violation requires limiting the consumption of sugar and those products that contain large amounts of simple carbohydrates.
Very often, in the presence of chronic pancreatitis, a patient develops a disease such as diabetes.
For diabetes mellitus, which occurred on the background of chronic pancreatitis, is characterized by the presence of spontaneous release of pancreatic hormones into the blood.
This is due to the fact that the tissues of the islets of Langerhans are inflamed and the beta cells of the islets react inadequately to incoming stimuli.
In the presence of an inflammatory process, a rapid extinction of the endocrine function of the organ occurs, which leads to an increase in the sugar content in the patient’s blood. When diagnosing, there are signs of a hyperglycemic state in the body.
To restore the functions of the gland requires a strict diet, providing for the acute phase of the disease:
- Exclusion from the diet of all possible stimulants of the body cells.
- Providing mechanical, thermal and chemical shchazheniya.
- Exclusion from the diet of sugar and simple carbohydrates that can stimulate the functioning of secretory cells of pancreatic tissue.
In order to reduce the load on the secretory cells of an organ, a patient suffering from pancreatitis is prohibited to consume sugar during the course of an acute inflammatory process.
Sugar in the diet will be replaced by compounds that are sugar substitutes. Such compounds have a pronounced sweet taste, but do not provoke an increase in the activity of the cells of the islets of Langerhans and do not increase the amount of glucose in the blood of a person with pancreatitis.
One of the best and most useful sugar substitutes is stevia for pancreatitis.
This herb is popularly known as honey grass.
The chemical composition of stevia
Home to the growth of this herbaceous plant is the Northeast of Paraguay and the high-mountain tributaries of the Parana River. There are several varieties of stevia, differing not only in appearance, but also in the content of basic chemical components.
The leaves of the plant contain 15 times more sweetness than sucrose. This high degree of sweetness is provided by diterpene glycosides.
The main component of the plant, providing a high degree of sweetness is a substance called stevioside. In addition to a high degree of sweetness, this compound has zero calorie content for the human body and does not stimulate pancreatic cells.
Stevioside with pancreatitis allows you to not give up the sweet and at the same time do not have an impact on the gland, allowing it to independently restore its functionality.
The use of plants as a sugar substitute, allows not only to relieve the pancreas. Due to the rich chemical composition, it allows you to replenish the body with nutrients and biologically active compounds.
The composition of the grass revealed the presence of the following bioactive compounds, micro - and macroelements:
- B vitamins;
- vitamin C;
- vitamin A;
- vitamin E;
In addition, the composition of the grass revealed the content of potassium and some other macro-and micronutrients.
A feature of the plant components is the ability to resist heat exposure, which allows the use of the plant in the preparation of dishes requiring heat treatment.
Useful properties of stevia
Means prepared using herbs can be consumed for a long time, since they do not have a harmful effect on the body.
The use of sweets made with the use of the plant in their composition is not able to provoke insulin release in a patient. This is due to the fact that stevioside entering the body does not stimulate the beta cells of the islets of Langerhans.
The presence of a large amount of glycosides in the herb provides the following beneficial properties of the plant:
- The herb has some antifungal and antibacterial effects.
- Can act as a homeopathic remedy.
- Herbal remedies have a weak diuretic effect.
- The use of herbs helps to relieve expectoration of sputum.
- The herb can increase gastric secretion.
- The use of plants prevents the development of rheumatism in the body, reduces tissue swelling and affects the foci of the inflammatory process, showing anti-inflammatory properties.
The presence of anti-inflammatory properties can reduce the degree of inflammation of the pancreas with pancreatitis.
In addition, the degree of inflammation of the gallbladder decreases with the development of cholecystitis in the body, which is a frequent companion of pancreatitis.
Zero calorie allows you to use the plant not only with pancreatitis as a sugar substitute, but also while observing diets for weight loss.
In addition, the introduction into the diet of products prepared with the use of the grass is recommended for people who seek to improve the condition of the skin, teeth and internal organs.
The use of stevia for pancreatitis
Stevia, possessing a harmless sweetness, has become an invaluable component of the diet of people suffering from disorders in the pancreas, provoked by the presence of an inflammatory process in the tissues.
Today, the herb can be purchased, if necessary, at any pharmacy in the form of herbal tea, concentrated syrup, powder or tablets.
Natural sweetener derived from a plant has no significant contraindications to consumption and does not have strict restrictions.
A feature of the sweetener is its high thermal stability. This property of the sweetener is widely used in cooking for the preparation of various sweets requiring baking or other heat treatment.
In chronic pancreatitis, tea with stevia can be used as a drink.
To prepare the drink, you will need to take the dry leaves of the herb in the amount of one teaspoon and pour boiling water over them. The mixture should be infused for 30 minutes. The resulting drink can be used as a drink instead of tea.
Leaves of grass can be added in the implementation of the preservation of fruits and vegetables at home. For this purpose it is better to use dry leaves.
Plant leaves can be added to compotes harvested for the winter.
Dry leaflets retain their beneficial properties for two years from the moment of harvesting.
Herb-based infusion can be used as a natural sweetener for any dishes allowed for consumption in the presence of an inflammatory process in pancreatic tissues.
In preparing the infusion for the treatment of the pancreas, 100 grams of dry plant material is required to be placed in a gauze bag. Raw materials are poured with one liter of boiled water and aged for 24 hours. To speed up the process, the infusion can be boiled for 50 minutes. The resulting mixture is drained.
After the first portion is drained, the vegetable raw materials are re-filled with boiled water and boiled for another 50 minutes. As a result of the second procedure, a secondary extract is obtained.
After receiving the second portion of the extract, it is combined with the first and filtered through several layers of gauze.
The resulting extract can be added to any dish at the discretion of the patient.
If desired, and if there is time, a concentrated syrup can be made from the prepared infusion. For this purpose, the infusion is evaporated over low heat until a drop of the composition hardens on a solid surface.
About stevia sweetener described in the video in this article.