Is Kombucha Tea the Cure You’ve Been Looking For?

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Bottled Kombucha Tea purchased at Whole Foods Market. This brand (GT’s) is popular and you can usually find it at most health food stores.

Kombucha Tea is marketed as a health beverage with claims that it can treat cancer, intestinal disorders, autoimmune disorders, fatigue syndromes, etc. It is often promoted as a way to detoxify your body from impurities. The tea is brewed from yeasts and bacteria that resemble a mushroom along with black or oolong tea and sugar, which ferments together and produces an acidic tasting liquid. I’ve had many varieties of Kombucha Tea and to me it tastes like a cross between plain yogurt, apple cider vinegar, and beer.

Kombucha Tea is so popular not because of its unique taste, but because of the health claims behind it, but is there any truth to its “detoxifying” properties? Unfortunately, research has yet to prove that Kombucha tea does anything but cost $3-$8 a bottle. There have been proven cases where people have become sick due to making their own Kombucha tea, so to be safe, always purchase it from an actual company, and not directly from a home brewery.

Some varieties of bottled Kombucha tea contain added juice and sugar, but typically the calories per bottle fall somewhere below 100, and usually the taste is so strong that it’s difficult to ingest too much (unless you really like the taste). If you enjoy Kombucha tea, or just want to try it, I say go for it, but don’t expect it to cure any ailment you might be suffering from. For more information on Kombucha tea, you can visit the following websites which provide a more in depth look on the subject:

Kombucha Tea: Does it Have Health Benefits? -Mayo Clinic

Kombucha Tea Info provided by WebMD

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