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What are the benefits of kombucha?

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Advocates say it helps your digestion, rids your body of toxins, and boosts your energy. It’s also said to boost your immune system, help you lose weight, ward off high blood pressure and heart disease, and prevent cancer. But there’s not a lot of evidence to support these claims.

Kombucha is loaded with sugar and caffeine, as well as B vitamins. It also has probiotics -- the “good" bacteria considered helpful for your body.

From: The Truth About Kombucha WebMD Medical Reference

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Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety : “A Review on Kombucha Tea -- Microbiology, Composition, Fermentation, Beneficial Effects, Toxicity, and Tea Fungus.”

BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Hypoglycemic and antilipidemic properties of kombucha tea in alloxan-induced diabetic rats.”

Food Microbiology: “Sequence-based analysis of the bacterial and fungal compositions of multiple kombucha (tea fungus) samples.”

Colorado State University, Food Source Information: “Kombucha.”

Grand View Research: “Kombucha Market Analysis By Flavor (Original, Flavored), By Distribution Channel (Supermarkets, Health Stores, Online Stores) And Segment Forecasts To 2024.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Kombucha.”

Food and Chemical Toxicology: “Effect of Kombucha, a fermented black tea in attenuating oxidative stress mediated tissue damage in alloxan induced diabetic rats.”

Journal of Intensive Care Medicine : “A case of kombucha tea toxicity.”

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: “Unexplained Severe Illness Possibly Associated with Consumption of Kombucha Tea -- Iowa, 1995.”

Journal of General Internal Medicine : “Probable gastrointestinal toxicity of Kombucha tea: is this beverage healthy or harmful?”

Medical Journal of Australia : “Lead poisoning from drinking Kombucha tea brewed in a ceramic pot.”

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Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on February 14, 2019

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SOURCES:

Comprehensive Reviews in Food Science and Food Safety : “A Review on Kombucha Tea -- Microbiology, Composition, Fermentation, Beneficial Effects, Toxicity, and Tea Fungus.”

BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine: “Hypoglycemic and antilipidemic properties of kombucha tea in alloxan-induced diabetic rats.”

Food Microbiology: “Sequence-based analysis of the bacterial and fungal compositions of multiple kombucha (tea fungus) samples.”

Colorado State University, Food Source Information: “Kombucha.”

Grand View Research: “Kombucha Market Analysis By Flavor (Original, Flavored), By Distribution Channel (Supermarkets, Health Stores, Online Stores) And Segment Forecasts To 2024.”

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center: “Kombucha.”

Food and Chemical Toxicology: “Effect of Kombucha, a fermented black tea in attenuating oxidative stress mediated tissue damage in alloxan induced diabetic rats.”

Journal of Intensive Care Medicine : “A case of kombucha tea toxicity.”

Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report: “Unexplained Severe Illness Possibly Associated with Consumption of Kombucha Tea -- Iowa, 1995.”

Journal of General Internal Medicine : “Probable gastrointestinal toxicity of Kombucha tea: is this beverage healthy or harmful?”

Medical Journal of Australia : “Lead poisoning from drinking Kombucha tea brewed in a ceramic pot.”

Consumer Reports : “Does kombucha tea have any health benefits?”

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on February 14, 2019

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