A new study conducted by the Stanford School of Medicine shows that a common antihistamine, loratadine, may help kill the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi which causes Lyme disease. It does this by preventing the metal, manganese (Mn), from entering the cell wall of the bacteria. The bacteria needs the manganese for certain metabolic processes and without the trace metal the bacteria starves to death. The bacteria scavenges this metal from blood circulating in the human body.
Although the report does not provide how much of the antihistamine we need to take to ward off Lyme disease, the research is promising as there are about 300,000 new cases of Lyme disease each year. I will continue to update this post as more information is obtained.
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