Recently, the wife introduced me to a kombucha drink, complete with probiotics. “What on God’s green earth is kombucha?”, you may ask. Read on and you will understand.
According to Wikipedia, kombucha is: Kombucha (Russian: chaynyy grib (чайный гриб), Chinese: chájūn (茶菌), Korean: hongchabeoseotcha (홍차버섯차), Japanese: kōcha-kinoko (紅茶キノコ)), is a lightly effervescent fermented drink of sweetened black and/or green tea that is used as a functional food. It is produced by fermenting the tea using a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, or SCOBY.
There is a cause for concern, however, that kombucha tea leads to central nervous system impairment, metabolic acidosis, liver damage and overall toxicity in general. These health concerns clash directly with the miracle cure-all claims ranging from kombucha tea defeating a wide range of ailments including cancer, AIDS, baldness, insomnia, intestinal disorders, arthritis, chronic fatigue syndrome and multiple sclerosis. Kombucha advocates espouse claims that the elixir can boost the immune system and reverses the aging process (to a degree). Scientific studies do not support these claims.
Case reports “raise doubts about the safety of kombucha,” since there have been incidents of central nervous system impairment, suspected liver damage, metabolic acidosis, and toxicity in general. Acute conditions caused by drinking of kombucha, such aslactic acidosis, are more likely to occur in persons with pre-existing medical conditions. Other reports suggest exercising caution if regularly drinking kombucha while taking medical drugs or hormone replacement therapy. Kombucha may also cause allergic reactions. Some adverse health effects may be due to the acidity of the tea, cautioning preparers to avoid over-fermentation.
Though the health-conscious crowd are flocking to kombucha tea (and its other derivatives), it’s always important to listen to your body. Your body knows what is right. Always listen to your body.
In closing, kombucha tea is not all that bad in my opinion. Also, in my opinion, it is basically another health/wellness trend that may or may not stick here in the United States. I ask those of you who live in other countries if you have heard of kombucha tea. Do you like it? I like it. It’s not bad. One brand of kombucha tea I like is the Kevita “Master Brew Kombucha” Lavender Melon flavor.
Tell me what you guys think on this, if you have an opinion at all.
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Available scientific evidence does not support claims that Kombucha tea promotes good health, prevents any ailments, or works to treat cancer or any other disease. Serious side effects and occasional deaths have been linked with drinking Kombucha tea.
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