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New study shows stevia leaf extract to be effective against Borrelia burgdorferi

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www.ProHealth.com • December 21, 2015


New study shows stevia leaf extract to be effective against Borrelia burgdorferi. Stevia plant. Image courtesy of Google.
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EFFECTIVENESS OF STEVIA REBAUDIANA WHOLE LEAF EXTRACTAGAINST THE VARIOUS MORPHOLOGICAL FORMS OF BORRELIA
BURGDORFERI IN VITRO


Stevia is known mostly as a non-toxic alternative sweetener to sugar, but researchers are finding that some brands of stevia confer antimicrobial benefits as well, particularly against Borrelia burgdorferi. In a recent study conducted at the University of New Haven, West Haven, CT, researchers tested four types of stevia to determine their antimicrobial effects against Borrelia burgdorferi.
 
For this study, four types of whole leaf Stevia extract were tested on B. burgdorferi spirochetes, persisters, and biofilm forms in vitro. The susceptibility of the different forms to the extract was evaluated by various quantitative techniques in addition to different microscopy methods.  The effects of stevia were also compared to those of doxycycline, cefoperazone, and other drug combinations.
 
Researchers concluded that three of the four stevias eliminated significant numbers of B. burgdorferi spirochetes and persisters, with the NutraMedix brand (brand “A” in the study) having the greatest effect.  When it was tested against attached biofilms, along with three antibiotics, it was also found to significantly reduce B. burgdorferi.
 
The results of the study indicate that Stevia leaf extract may not just be a healthy sweetener for beverages and desserts, but also an effective anticmicrobial agent against B. burgdorferi.
 
Many brands of stevia that can be purchased at your local health food or grocery store are not necessarily healthy and often contain toxic additives. These products may or may not provide the same antimicrobial benefits.
 
To read the complete study, click here.
 
Source: P. A. S. Theophilus, M. J. Victoria, K. M. Socarras, K. R. Filush, K. Gupta, D. F. Luecke, E. Sapi*. EFFECTIVENESS OF STEVIA REBAUDIANA WHOLE LEAF EXTRACTAGAINST THE VARIOUS MORPHOLOGICAL FORMS OF BORRELIA
BURGDORFERI IN VITRO.
European Journal of Microbiology and Immunology 5 (2015) 4, pp. 268–280 Original article DOI: 10.1556/1886.2015.00031.  



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Stevia A identified as Nutramedix
Posted by: Pgorney
Feb 20, 2016
Can you please advise how you know Stevia A in this study is Nutramedix? "Different Stevia extracts manufactured by Nutramedix®, Now®, Sweet leaf®, and Truvia® were purchased from health food stores in the USA and were labeled randomly as Stevia A, B, C, and D."

As they were labeled RANDOMLY, how do you know which one is Stevia A? I am trying desperately to find confirmation of which extract was actually successful, and I could not find it anywhere in this study.

Thank you.
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STEVIA A
Posted by: rodrigue
Mar 18, 2016
Since most stevia nowadays are produced as commodity in China, it is hard to find a pure product in the market. Some brands, besides using fillers such as dextrose, maltodextrin etc, which are sugars, use other unidentified so called natural flavors to enhance the flavor of the extract. The only alternative for the consumer of stevia to be sure of good quality stevia to be used, is to be able to trace the origin of the extract.
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