So Long, Stevia!

It may not be so for everyone who consumes the natural sweetener stevia, but every time I use the stuff, I awaken at night with killing leg-cramp. I had stopped using the organic preparation last year for that reason, but decided to try it again a couple of days ago during my post-Christmas dieting, hoping that a different brand would yield better results. Bingo, the cramps were simultaneously occurring in both legs! I did a little research yesterday morning, as the troglodyte on TV suggested, and found that many people experience this symptom and several others after ingesting stevia. My legs were still sore (calves AND thighs).

Painter_M-Jeanne_de_Mesterton_2020Recovering from Severe Nocturnal Double-Leg-Cramp by Taking a Double-Dose of Magnesium, Some Potassium, and Lots of Water to Flush the Stevia from My System


I recently turned 64 years of age, and am in great health. I bicycle, play tennis, and run up stairs many times daily, so there is no reason for the muscle-cramping. If I need to sweeten my coffee or tea now, I will use turbinado or muscovado sugar, and work-off the calories. Flirting with muscular malfunction is idiotic, so my latest bottle of stevia has been chucked onto the Ash-Heap of History.

Three extended family members, all of whom had recommended stevia to me and given me some books on the subject, passed away relatively young. Those books are going into the dust-bin today. Some people may fare well on that substance, but for me, I would rather not wake up with crippling pain that makes it impossible to even get up and walk–that’s what happens when muscle-cramp strikes the entirety of both legs, whereas if it hits just one of your pegs, getting up to walk or lunge it out is possible. Bye bye Stevia, Sweetie!~M-J de Mesterton ©2020


What’s Cooking? Braised Beef with Root Vegetables and Parsley





Home-Garden Harvest: Parsley

From M-J de Mesterton’s Home-Garden Harvest, 2019: Italian Flat-Leaf Parsley

At Health Line: Impressive Health-Benefits of Parsley

Excerpts from the Health Line Article Written by Maria Zamarripa on April 5, 2019:

Parsley contains lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta carotene, plant compounds that protect eye health and may reduce your risk of certain age-related eye conditions like AMD.

Parsley is a low-calorie, nutrient-dense herb. It’s particularly rich in vitamins K, A, and C.

Parsley contains many powerful antioxidants, which may help prevent cell damage and lower your risk of certain diseases.

Parsley is rich in vitamin K, which is an essential nutrient for optimal bone health. Eating foods high in this nutrient has been linked to a reduced risk of fractures and improved bone mineral density.

Parsley contains various antioxidants — like flavonoids and vitamin C — that may provide cancer-fighting benefits.

Parsley contains lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta carotene, plant compounds that protect eye health and may reduce your risk of certain age-related eye conditions like AMD.

Parsley is rich in folate, a B vitamin that protects your heart and may reduce your risk of heart disease.

Parsley extract has been shown to have antibacterial properties in test-tube studies. Still, more research is needed.

Avocado Oil Is Beneficial to Health and Beauty

Beautiful, Beneficial Avocado OIl
Avocado Oil Has Many Qualities that Enhance General Health and Beauty

The Avocado’s natural monounsaturated fat is known for its power to lower blood-pressure. This beneficial lipid is pressed from the luscious green fruit to make avocado oil.

Avocado oil helps to alleviate arthritis.

Psoriasis is treated successfully in France with avocado oil; it is especially effective when incorporated into vitamin B-12 skin-cream.

Avocado oil’s high monounsaturated oleic acid content helps to improve general heart-health and lower blood-cholesterol.

Avocado oil, with its high smoke-point, is ideal for cooking. I like to cook popcorn in it instead of coconut oil. Avocado oil is used in vinaigrette for salads.  When ingested, this beneficial oil promotes the absorption of  antioxidants in food. Oil of avocado has such a mild taste and scent that it is extremely versatile;  it can be used as a healing emollient on the skin. ©M-J de Mesterton 2019


Eating Nuts Helps Cognitive Function and Enhances Cardiovascular Health

Ingesting Nuts Enhances Cognitive Function, According to an Australian Study

Read about Australian Study on Nuts’ Benefits for Brain Health in Our Later Years

Walnuts Help to Prevent Prostate Cancer, Lower Your Levels of Bad Cholesterol, and Promote a Healthy Heart

The Benefits of Eating Walnuts

  • One-quarter cup of walnuts provides more than 100 percent of the daily recommended value of plant-based omega-3 fats, along with high amounts of copper, manganese, molybdenum, and biotin.
  • Walnuts help reduce the risk of prostate cancer and breast cancer as well.
  • Walnuts contain the amino acid l-arginine, which offers several vascular benefits to people with heart disease, and those who have increased risk for heart disease due to multiple cardiac risk factors
  • Walnuts contain several unique and powerful antioxidants that are available in only a few commonly eaten foods.
  • Walnuts, eaten responsibly in quarter-cup daily doses, help with weight control, offer support for brain health and Type 2 diabetes.
  • Walnuts are Nutrient-Rich
    The Nutritional Benefits of Walnuts

    From the Publication, “STUDY FINDS”: