7 Health Benefits of Kombucha

7 Health Benefits of Kombucha

By Jeery Park

Kombucha is fermented black or green tea. Thanks to the thick, semi-solid mat of live microorganisms that float at its surface, kombucha is also known as “mushroom tea” and enjoys a distinctive visual appeal. The mat, which can look a bit like several layers of saggy pancakes, is also known as a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast (SCOBY), and it’s essential to the creation of kombucha. Just like it does in beer, the yeast eats the sugars in the tea and excretes alcohol and acid. The bacteria have a symbiotic relationship with the yeast. After fermentation, the tea is a little fizzy, slightly alcoholic, and contains both vinegar and a host of thriving bacteria.

7 Health Benefits of Kombucha Elixir


Kombucha contains abundant antioxidants including vitamins E, C, beta-carotene, and other carotenoids. Like black tea, kombucha also contains polyphenols and other compounds with antioxidant powers. But because it is fermented, kombucha is much more powerful than plain tea. Its antioxidant activity has been found to be 100 times higher than vitamin C and 25 times higher than vitamin E.


Research dating back to 1929 found kombucha can decrease blood sugar levels. More recent animal studies report that kombucha significantly reduces blood sugar levels in diabetic rats.Another study suggested kombucha may be considered a candidate for the treatment and prevention of diabetes.


Organic acids found in kombucha convert trivalent iron compounds from plant sources to divalent iron ions. This makes iron from plant sources more available to the body. And vitamin C in kombucha enhances iron absorption. Researchers suggest kombucha is particularly recommended for elderly people and vegetarians because it enhances the absorption of iron and helps prevent iron deficiency.

Nervous System

Kombucha contains several amino acids, methylxanthine alkaloids (caffeine, theophylline, and theobromine), ascorbic acid (vitamin C), and B vitamins (including folic acid-B9), necessary for normal metabolism in the nervous system. It can help with headaches, nervousness, and epilepsy prevention. It may also prevent depression in the elderly.

Cancer Prevention

Kombucha has also been proven beneficial for cancer prevention and recovery. A study published in Cancer Letters found that by consuming glucaric acid found in kombucha reduced the risk of cancer in humans.

Kidney Toxicity

Kombucha may help eliminate kidney damage caused by environmental pollutants and may be beneficial to patients suffering from renal impairment.Kombucha has also been used to prevent calcification in the kidney and may prevent the formation of kidney stones.

Weight loss

Going one step further with the digestive benefits of kombucha, the better we can digest our food (both absorb and evacuate), the better chance we have at losing excess weight. This weight loss is usually experienced only for people that are over weight. In fact we have seen the opposite in people that are under weight, as kombucha will also help these people absorb their food easier.

Kombucha can also aid in the relief of:

Radiation Poisoning
Acid Reflux
Weight Loss
Thinning Hair
Sluggish Metabolism
Kombucha Recipe

Make Your Own Kombucha


1 organic kombucha SCOBY
16 cups of water
8-10 black tea bags (must be caffeinated)
1 cup turbinado sugar
1 gallon glass jar
1 piece of fabric or paper towel to seal the top of the jar
1 rubber band

Directions: Heat eight cups of water in a large pot over high heat. Add the tea bags and let them steep for a half hour. Once steeped, stir in the turbinado until it is completely dissolved. Mix in the remaining water and remove the pot from the stove.

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This article was originally published at Natural News and republished with permission.


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7 Health Benefits of Kombucha

This article is for informational purposes only, and is educational in nature. Statements made here have not been evaluated by the FDA. This article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Please discuss with your own, qualified health care provider before adding in supplements or making any changes in your diet.