Study shows Stevia Kills Lyme Disease Pathogen Better Than Antibiotics

Lyme Disease in Almost Half U.S. Counties

update: I was unaware when i posted this piece that the stevia that was used in the study is my own personal friend and my personal Lyme MD’s stevia he created- by Dr Lee Cowden..  (you can get my free book here on my Lyme treatment where I talk about it)

For those who keep asking me -you can buy it here. I don’t sell it- just an amazon link.

end of update.

Lyme disease is exceedingly difficult to treat, due to its well-known shape-shifting (pleomorphic) abilities, with conventional antibiotics often failing to produce a long-term cure. Could the commonly used natural plant Stevia provide a safer, and more effective means to combat this increasingly prevalent infection?

A promising new preclinical study has revealed that whole stevia leaf extract possesses exceptional antibiotic activity against the exceedingly difficult to treat pathogen Borrelia Burgdorferi known to cause Lyme disease. The study found,

Stevia whole leaf extract, as an individual agent, was effective against all known morphological forms of B. burgdorferi.”

At present, the CDC acknowledges that at least 300,000 are infected with Lyme disease, annually, with the conventional standard of care relying on antibiotics that are not only toxic but increasingly coming under scrutiny for addressing only surface aspects of the infection, often leaving antibiotic-resistance Lyme disease deep within the system to continue to cause harm.

  1. burgdorferi has a complex life cycle, and can exist in radically different forms: spirochetes, spheroplast (or L-form which lacks a cell wall), round bodies or cyst form (which allows for dormancy and escaping PCR detection), and highly antibiotic-resistant biofilms. This pleomorphic property makes conventional treatment exceptionally difficult because while some conventional antibiotics are effective against forms with a cell wall such as spirochetes, they are ineffective against those without a cell wall. This enables B. burgdorferi to change form to evade eradication through conventional means. Also, biofilm formation creates a significant barrier against most conventional antibiotics, even when used in combination, and has been recently suggested to be the most effective mechanism of resistance.

The new study was published in the European Journal of Microbiology & Immunology and titled, “Effectiveness of Stevia Rebaudiana Whole Leaf Extract Against the Various Morphological Forms of Borrelia Burgdorferi in Vitro,” and conducted by researchers from the Department of Biology and Environmental Science, University of New Haven, West Haven, CT.

The researchers directly compared an alcohol extract of a whole stevia leaf product commonly found on the U.S. retail market to conventional antibiotics, and assessed their respective abilities to kill the various forms of Borrelia burgdorferi, including so called “persister” forms.

The study pointed out that, according to the CDC, about 10-20% of Lyme disease patients treated with antibiotics for the recommended 2-4 weeks experience adverse health effects, such as fatigue, pain, or joint and muscle aches. In some of these patients, the adverse effects last for more than 6 months. These patients are often labeled with “chronic Lyme disease,” or “post treatment Lyme disease syndrome.” While the adverse effects of antibiotics, including their destruction of beneficial microbes in the gut, may account for this syndrome, another possibility is that the drugs drive antibiotic-resistant forms of the disease deeper into the system, resulting in enhanced disease-associated malaise.

Given the well-known challenges of eradicating B. burgdorferi through conventional antibiotics, the researchers explored the potential for stevia as an antimicrobial.

Stevia is not normally considered an anti-microbial agent, but all plants possess in-built phytochemical defense systems which protect them against infection, and which by consuming them, we ourselves can sometimes harness and benefit from. The researchers elaborate on this point:

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 [40, 42, 43]. The role of these compounds is mainly to protect the plant from microbial infection and adverse environmental conditions [38–43].”

The researchers explored Stevia’s potential effectiveness against B. burgdorferi cultures, comparing it to three common antibiotics sometimes used to treat Lyme disease: doxycycline, cefoperazone, daptomycin, as well as their combination.

The study results were summarized as follows:

The susceptibility of the different forms was evaluated by various quantitative techniques in addition to different microscopy methods. The effectiveness of Stevia was compared to doxycycline, cefoperazone, daptomycin, and their combinations. Our results demonstrated that Stevia had significant effect in eliminating B. burgdorferi spirochetes and persisters. Sub-culture experiments with Stevia and antibiotics treated cells were established for 7 and 14 days yielding, no and 10% viable cells, respectively compared to the above-mentioned antibiotics and antibiotic combination. When Stevia and the three antibiotics were tested against attached biofilms, Stevia significantly reduced B. burgdorferi forms. Results from this study suggest that a natural product such as Stevia leaf extract could be considered as an effective agent against B. burgdorferi.”

Notably, the study found that the most antibiotic resistant form of B. burgdorferi, the biofilm form,actually increased in mass when individual antibiotics were administered. Stevia, on the other hand, reduced the biofilm mass on both tested surfaces (plastic and collagen) by about 40%.

It is also interesting to note that the stevoside extract, by itself, was not found to be an effective antimicrobial agent against B. burgdorferi; nor did it have any effect on resistant cells.  Mass market stevia products, including Coca-cola’s Truvia (ironic branding, considering it does not have the truly therapeutic property of whole stevia), would not, therefore, have the medicinal property associated with the whole herb extract. This speaks, of course, to the well known principle in natural medicine that the activity of the whole can not be reproduced through a part, nor is the therapeutic activity of the whole identical to that of the sum of its parts.

While this is only a preliminary study and should not be interpreted to mean the consumption of whole stevia extract will result in clinical improvements comparable or superior to conventional antibiotics, it opens the door to future research on the topic. That said, anyone who is considering natural ways to prevent Lyme disease infection, or to support as an adjunct therapy conventional treatments of the disease, could utilize this safe, food-based substance as a potential means of support and synergy. Certainly, there is little if any indication that stevia could cause harm, unlike conventional treatments. See our stevia research section here for more information.

For more research on natural interventions for Lyme disease visit our research page on the topic:Lyme disease research.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

  • Ray Jones

    and now the feral death admin will make this illegal or what ever….

  • Tracy McMullen

    Or the “Fraud & Deception Association”

  • Arizona

    LYMES DISEASE,created in the USA,…BY NONE OTHER THEN THE BIO-WARFARE CENTER AT FT.DETICK MARYLAND,…THEY unleashed this disease in canada to kill off their wildlife,then it spread to the US,and now its spreading everywhere,WHY don’t you ask the army what to do,THEY CREATED IT……and THATS no secret,IF I got,I’d sue their ass off…..

  • Arizona

    OH by the way AMERICA,you better get these IDIOTS IN THE MILITARY away from the russian borders,THESE BIO-WEAPONS their planning to unleash on RUSSIA will get this country NUKED INTO ASH,the russians aren’t stupid like americans are,YOU spread bio-weapons on them and THEY WILL KILL YOU FOR…………….

  • Alleged Comment

    Russia being led by a common thief and thug and now a known pedophile. Arrest PUTIN Russians. Make Russia safe again and RICH!

  • Heather James

    Truvia is basically garbage, anyway, but whole leaf stevia extract is readily available at any health food store

  • Lisa Schwerdtfeger-Dash

    Any info about how much to take for a therapeutic dose?

  • Lily. O

    We would probably take your article with more than a grain of salt if you called the disease by its name, Lyme disease, not ” Lyme’s”.

  • We only refer to it as Lyme disease in every instance in the story. My own personal friend and MD – Lee Cowden- wrote me to explain that it was Nutramedix used in the study. I’ve written a book on Lyme, my two Lyme doctors (Lee and Dietrich Klinghardt) have taught me well – as well as my better half: Dr Mercola. I was diagnosed w Lyme through a positive blood test 2 years ago. I definitely know how to spell it thanks. IT never says “Lymes” anywhere in the article.

  • Lily. O

    “That said, anyone who is considering natural ways to prevent Lyme’s disease infection, or as an adjunct therapy”………….( and then 4 lines down) …For more research on natural interventions for Lyme’s disease, visit our research page on the topic……..Ok, well you must not have written the article that I read, and have commented on, as it is signed, Sayer Ji. My apologies if I have been rude.

  • KathyG

    Why so ugly? My goodness, the article is meant as a good report and you’re hung up on “‘s”. Take a breath….and hold it.
    I wanted to share this article, but so many of you spoke meanly, I’m reluctant to spread negativity. Not saying you are wrong…just stay on point.

  • Lily. O

    That was my point darling……The person cannot spell, therefore I do not take them or their article seriously. I wouldn’t say I’m hung up, just over it.

  • Lily. O

    Did you re-read your article ? Obviously not.

  • They made it illegal once, awhile back, when the sugar lobby was too strong a voice for it. It only recently appeared on the market, but it’s been around for over 3000 years.

  • Jen G

    Thank you for sharing this information! Can u please tell me if they speak of the stevia also having good effects on the common co-infections of Lyme?
    I think highly of both of these doctors so if that’s where the info is coming from- then I am certainly going to pay attention!

  • BeckyB

    Because human beings never make mistakes, and you’re absolutely perfect.

  • Smae

    What is the recommended dose when adding stevia powder to an herbal Lyme protocol? I have been unable to get ahold of your ebook despite signing up a few times if it does, in fact, speak of that in there. Thanks for all you do!

  • Z

    It’s a good thing you don’t have it, because you would be very pissed when you didn’t win that lawsuit!

  • Jacobus deRottmann

    The sugar lobby was not the problem. It was the Aspartame lobby.

  • Jacobus deRottmann

    The third ingredient in Truvia is “Natural Flavors” which hides a multitude of sins.
    I have some of both the whole leaf (bitter to me) and the KAL refined stevia I use for sweetening. The KAL seems to blend better than some others.

  • Marge

    Yeah, it’s hard to take any article seriously when the author doesn’t take time to proofread, or does not know grammar or how to spell.

  • Cynthia Shell-Terrell

    Actually, it does say “Lyme’s” in the article.
    “The researchers explored Stevia’s potential effectiveness against B.
    burgdorferi cultures, comparing it to three common antibiotics sometimes
    used to treat Lyme’s disease:”
    “That said, anyone who is considering natural ways to prevent Lyme’s disease infection…”
    “For more research on natural interventions for Lyme’s disease visit our research page on the topic:Lyme disease research.

    I noticed it right away as I am a proofreader, and one of my pet peeves is when writers or speakers add a possessive “s” where one doesn’t belong. I am not trying to be mean, just pointing out that Lily. O is correct, and that misspellings do affect how some readers judge the seriousness of an article.

  • Lilly Lee

    It’s been 3 months and still no correction. Her credibility is seriously in question.

  • Flopz

    Get over yourself instead.

  • I didn’t write the article. It has always been credited to the very Well known author who is the expert- Sayer Ji. You can take it up with him. I corrected the times it said lyme’s (I checked for lymes prior as I said in my post (sans the apostrophe) I have many thousands of articles- some of whom are written by guests. It actually surprises me he’d refer to it as Lyme, but the “Lyme’s” is fixed. I give my authors the credit of the doubt, but perhaps he was quoting another source who added the s. Since I was diagnosed with Lyme I learned on day one it’s never plural… I hope that now that the S is fixed you can sleep at night and 1000 pardons for the extra S…. I know many will feel such relief and a release from anxiety. I know i do .. (Look I take pride in not misspelling things but again, accidents happen- even by experts or their sources like Ji.

  • As I said above- it was written by a science expert (printed w permission) and very surprising. PErhaps he was quoting a source, But Thank God the few instances of the S were removed and out of thousand of articles on here I hope now we can all sleep at night. I always call it Lyme and not sure how that happened. It’s the same on his site.. interestingly no one there pointed it out to him as I can see but i can always count on MY page for people to find a typo or a misspelling. 🙂 Hence the reason I’ve spent at least 1000 hours studying the doctor deaths so when people question me on that I know my stuff .. Perhaps he was quoting another source as I hear MD’s mistakenly call it “Lyme’s” as well. Tis a pity. Feel free to read every piece *I* have written on Lyme and you shouldn’t see that , though again, many who haven’t had it might add the S and hope won’t be damned to hell for it : ) Peace.

  • Lily. O

    Boot off flops

  • LaDonna Hunley

    Get over it. People make mistakes. …..

  • Sandy

    Lily, if you spent as much time researching Sayer Ji’s credentials as you did complaining abut his proofreading you’d know he’s absolutely credible. He’s written many very helpful articles on a wide variety of natural healing topics.

    I’m acquainted with some folks who helped build the Internet from day one (the DARPA-USENET linkup). They often use slightly incorrect forms of technical terms. It’s not that they aren’t credible, it’s just that they aren’t focused on the written representation of their thoughts as much as they are on the concepts and problems they’re solving.

    If you get the chance sometime, read a rough draft of Einstein’s special theory of relativity paper. Would you dismiss Einstein’s credibility on the topic of relativity because of his language errors?

  • spychic

    why are my comments not being approved health nuts

  • Tracey

    Grammar police! Ugh! It’s called typos lady. I’m sure she knows how to spell just fine.

  • Virginia Bryant

    anyone know effective dosage?

  • Jen S. Jones

    I think everyone has been exposed. Just some people have lower immune systems.

  • Jen S. Jones

    I believe this is a Mandela Effect. As I remember Lyme’s disease. This effect is changing many words and names on our planet. See youtube vieos.



  • Karen Scribner

    I once heard a retired journalist speak of the Apostrophe Protection Society which addresses this problem. Eats, Shoots, and Leaves is a comma example.

  • bepeace

    The sugar lobby was keeping it illegal before aspartame was invented.

  • Tim White

    Whatever the flavor of whole stevia leaf, pleasant or unpleasant, it is mostly related to where you use it. Grind it up in an electric coffee grinder for herbal teas and/or add it to some other flavorful food and the objection typically disappears. It is very good mixed with strong bitter herbs which might be taken as cholegogues/liver and detox support. But for example if you want sweeter home made spaghetti sauce use it there.

  • Tim White

    Astonishing tempest in a teapot over the name of the disease. Found and ID’ed in Lyme CT. How you spell it is an irrelevant issue, a poor excuse to discredit the valuable info.

  • Jerald Feinstein

    Interesting study – how did it get funded since big pharma does not benefit?

  • Victoria Keith

    How is lyme disease treated with Stevia Leaf extract? Can it be injested, or does it have to go in the vein? Thanks.