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Stevia Kills Lyme Disease Pathogen Better Than Antibiotics, Study Confirms

During the summer months the risk of encountering ticks, the pesky critters responsible for the spread of Lyme disease, is on the rise.

Lyme disease is an insidious and complicated disease to treat, both for the allopathic medical world and alternative medical practitioners, due to its rapid shape-shifting abilities.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 300,000 people are diagnosed with Lyme disease each year in the United States alone. While ticks exist in half of all US counties, Lyme disease cases are concentrated in the Northeast and upper Midwest, with 14 states accounting for over 96% of cases reported to CDC.

The CDC says that while 80-90% of reported cases are considered resolved with the treatment of antibiotics, 10-20% of patients go on to develop the chronic form, which is a persistent and sometimes devastating illness that can harm any organ of the body, including the brain and the nervous system.

The culprit behind Lyme disease is Borrelia burgdorferi, a bacterial infection proven to respond most effectively to antibiotics doxycycline and amoxicillin.

However, Borrelia burgdorferi can exist in morphological forms, including spirochetes, spheroplast (or L-form), round bodies, and biofilms.  When conditions are considered unfavorable for the bacteria, it has the ability to morph into the dormant round body, then hide in a biofilm form. When conditions are favorable, however, it can shift back to its spirochete form.

While conventional antibiotics can treat some forms of the disease, they’re not effective in treating ALL forms, often times failing to produce a long-term cure.  

But, new research suggests a long-term treatment may be just around the corner.

A recent study published in the European Journal of Microbiology and Immunology revealed that stevia, a sweetener and sugar substitute, has been found to terminate late state or chronic Lyme disease.

The study, conducted by researchers from the Department of Biology and Environmental Science at the University of New Haven in West Haven, Connecticut, found that stevia whole leaf extract, as an individual agent, was an effective treatment against all known morphological forms of B. burgdorferi.

For the study, researchers examined the antimicrobial effect of four stevia leaf extracts in comparison to individual antibiotics (doxycycline, cefoperazone, daptomycin), as well as a combination of the three.

Lab tests revealed that while one extract was more potent than the others, likely due to its growing conditions and the agricultural practices utilized, all extracts were effective in treating all forms of the bacteria.

In fact, the stevia extract was proven to work against even the most antibiotic-resistant of the bacteria, known as the biofilm. The individual antibiotics, on the other hand, actually increased the biofilm.

While researchers acknowledge that the results need more investigation and clinical trials to corroborate the finding, they’re hopeful these results indicate we’re one step closer to finding an effective treatment for even the most persistent forms of Lyme disease.

Health Functions

  • Zero Calories
  • Promotes healthy inflammatory & antioxidant processes
  • Supports the body’s natural processes of microbial and fungal defense
  • Promotion of a healthy blood sugar metabolism
  • Supports the body’s natural immune system function
  • Contains many nutrients, amino acids and healthful bioactives

Stevia (Stevia rebaudiana) is an herb in the plant family Asteraceae. It is native to South America, but cultures all over the world have been growing and using Stevia as a sweetener and a medicine for centuries [Gupta et al 2013; Goyal et al 2010]. The sweetness of Stevia has been measured to be as much as 300 times greater than that of regular table sugar [Goyal et al 2010], while it has zero calories and contains many nutrients, amino acids, and healthful bioactives [Gupta et al 2013; Periche et al 2014]. Although, the US Food and Drug Administration has not yet approved use of the whole Stevia plant leaf as a food or additive, some extracts have been certified as GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) [FDA website]. Hundreds of independent scientific studies and global regulatory agencies have examined and affirmed the safety of various aspects of Stevia [globalsteviainstitute website; Geuns 2003; Brusick 2008; Urban et al 2013].

 

The intense sweetness of this remarkable plant is due to the presence of bioactive compounds called glycosides that contain glucose sugar molecules [Ceunen and Geuns 2013]. The most abundant glycoside in Stevia has been identified as “stevioside” [Brahmachari et al 2011]. Supplementing the diet with stevioside, for humans [Curi et al 1986; Gregersen et al 2004], as well as for rodents [Chen et al 2005; Shivana et al 2013], showed the extract had the ability to enhance insulin secretion and lower glucose levels, suggesting its potential benefit for people with type 2 diabetes. The mechanisms by which it does this may be, in part, due to stevioside’s effect on a nuclear hormone receptor that regulates homeostasis of glucose in the liver and pancreas [Assaei et al 2016].

Stevia leaf extract has been shown to have significant antioxidant activity due to its high phenolic content [Shukla et al 2009]. Other health benefits associated with Stevia include antioxidant, antimicrobial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antihypertensive, and immunomodulatory [Gupta et al 2013]. Shivanna et al 2013, as well as Mohan and Robert 2009, concluded that it can also exert a hepatoprotective effect in rats with liver damage.

An in-vitro study by Theophilus et al in 2015, discovered that whole leaf Stevia showed significant effectiveness against persistent cells and biofilms of antibiotic-resistant Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.

Stevia is a certified organic alcohol extract of the leaf portion of the plant.  It is intended to be used as directed, and only as a dietary supplement. If you have diabetes, or any other blood sugar metabolism disorder, please consult your Health Care Practitioner before using Stevia.