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Stevia Kills Lyme Disease Germ

Stevia-copyA 2015 study in the European Journal of Microbiology and Immunology notes Lyme disease is a tick-borne multisystemic disease caused by Borrelia burgdorferi. “Administering antibiotics is the primary treatment for this disease; however, relapse often occurs when antibiotic treatment is discontinued. The study evaluated the effectiveness of whole leaf Stevia extract against B. burgdorferi spirochetes, persisters, and biofilm forms in vitro.” The study found stevia leaf extract actually killed all forms of the Lyme germ.

“Our results demonstrated that Stevia had significant effect in eliminating B. burgdorferi spirochetes and persisters. Results from this study suggest that a natural product such as Stevia leaf extract could be considered as an effective agent against B. burgdorferi.”

“Natural antimicrobial agents, which have been used for thousands of years, have been shown to be effective against various pathogen. The leaf extract of Stevia possesses many phytochemicals, which include austroinullin, β-carotene, dulcoside, nilacin, rebaudi oxides, riboflavin, steviol, stevioside, and tiamin with known antimicrobial properties against many pathogens. The role of these compounds is mainly to protect the plant from microbial infection and adverse environmental conditions.”

This was a lab study where scientists dealt with the bacteria in test tube and petri dish situations. The researchers caution that although the safeness of Stevia is widely studied, more in vivo studies are warranted before Stevia could be used as an antimicrobial agent for any infectious diseases.

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