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  • Kombucha tea is a symbiotic, probiotic tea that is used for medicinal purposes. However, its benefits are not scientifically proven.

    Brewing

    Kombucha tea is made by adding kombucha, which is a colony of bacteria and yeast, to sugar and black or green tea and allowing the mix to ferment; this process takes seven to 10 days.

    Benefits

    The brewed tea contains vinegar, B vitamins, acetic acid and several other acidic compounds. Drinking four to eight ounces of kombucha tea daily may stimulate the immune system, prevent cancer, and improve digestion and liver function by expelling toxins from the body. Some users also claim that the tea improves skin's condition, relieves congestion and gives a sense of well-being.

    Drawbacks

    Upset stomachs and allergic reactions have been reported as results of imbibing kombucha tea.

    Warning

    Since the tea is so acidic, it may cause containers made of ceramic or lead crystal to leach lead into the tea. It should be brewed only in glass containers to keep the process as sterile and safe as possible.

    Scientific Evidence

    Kombucha's health benefits are all anecdotal. There has not yet been a major scientific study authenticating the benefits; they may exist, but further scientific testing is needed.

    Source:

    Kombucha tea: What Are the Health Benefits?

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