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Kombucha Tea - Healthy Or Harmful

Updated on April 10, 2014

Kombucha Tea

As you may know the Kombucha tea and have your own beliefs about it, there are or those that have not heard of it yet and may probably be wondering what it is. The Kombucha is actually a tea that is said to have many health benefits. However, there have been reports that suggest it may actually be harmful to the body. This made a lot of people find out what is true and what is not.

The Kombucha tea has been promoted as a detoxifying agent that when taken orally it can cleanse the digestive system. As the body is detoxified the immunity system is strengthened. Supporters of the product even say that it can also reverse the aging process.

Kombucha Mushroom


Fermentation Process

To make the kombucha tea, sweet black tea is fermented with a pancake like cultured yeast called the “Kombucha mushroom” . This cultured yeast may be called a mushroom but it is actually not. It is called a Kombucha mushroom mainly because of the shape and color that it forms into as it is being fermented. It is similar to that of a mushroom.

There are several ways to culture and ferment the Kombucha tea. Different types of yeast and bacteria are involved in the process. These include Bacterium katogenum, Pichia fermentans, Schizosaccharomyces pombe and Brettanomyces bruxellensis among others.


Bad Bacteria?

Since there are many ways to prepare the Kombucha tea, some say that it can be susceptible to micro contaminants like fungi and molds. Some of which can cause illness. As the fermentation is completed, the tea is highly acidic and contains acetic acid, ethyl acetate alcohol and lactate. Most of which can be harmful to the body. Having heard of the many different stories behind this beverage, it would be best to separate fact from myth to determine if the Kombucha tea really does promote good health or not.

Separating Facts From Myths

Michael Roussin is said to be a big fanatic of the Kombucha. After having taken the tea for quit sometime and feeling good about it, he decided to take a closer look at the product to find out more about it. Through the help of professional lab experts, Roussin spent 18 years undergoing a total of 1,103 lab tests from batches all over the world. Here are some of the findings that are quite surprising and true:

While the kombucha tea is mostly made of caffeinated tea, non of it is retained after it’s fermentation cycle. This can be considered as a myth since Roussin found out that the caffeine content does not reduce to any extent. But the good news is that the tea does not necessarily have to consist of caffeine to be effective. To eliminate the excess caffeine content, one can just easily pre-steep the tea bag for 30 second and discard the water away

The Kombucha tea can cure all illnesses. Again this is a myth. Simply put it this way. The Kombucha tea was not meant to be a magic pill where it can cure all forms of disease. But what it effectively does is cleanse the body to boost immunity system. And when our immunity system is strengthen, the body becomes more immune to most disease.

The Kombucha tea is an alcoholic beverage. This is true. However only a small amount of alcoholic content exist. Usually between .5-3% which is far below the average beer.

The Kombucha tea is dangerous and has caused several deaths. This is a myth. Because of the seriousness of the allegation, it was important to find out if this held water to back up the claim. Nevertheless this is what was determined after close scrutiny. Though there have been several reports of deaths of people who have taken the tea, there is no direct link that their deaths have been caused by Kombucha. Investigators were not able to prove the link and concluded that the cause of death were from other forms of illness.



To conclude this fact finding mission, knowing what is true and leaving the myths behind you can still see how amazing the Kombucha tea is. You don’t need any exaggerated claims or to find out how it works. Simply try it out to see if it works for you.


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    • bryeunade profile image

      bryeunade 3 years ago from Philippines

      @sonja, @someonewhoknows Thank you for reading and for your comments..

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      someonewhoknows 3 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

      I've heard that our bodies P H should be slightly acidic in order to be healthy.

      There is some question about why some people who are said to have too much stomach acid feel better after taking Tums which contains calcium in order to counteract the excess acid and some who feel worse after taking Tums.

      Indigestion or more accurately heartburn can be caused by either too much stomach acid or not enough.

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      Sonja Larsen 3 years ago from Orange County, California

      Excellent hub, and the debate you bring up is very interesting. Kombucha is certainly taking off at lightening speed these days. I did hear lately that its not so good for people conflicted with Candida overgrowth. The pictures you included are great!