If you have been looking around the folk medicine or organic weight loss communities for very long at all then you’ve almost certainly stumbled across kombucha tea at some point or another. This is a natural remedy that has been used in some form or another by the Chinese for over two thousand years, but it is only just beginning to catch on in the West. While a lot of positive things have been said about this drink, there are also a wide range of potential negatives mentioned about hibiscus kombucha.
However there have been some negative reports about kombucha tea, as well, and it’s always important for anyone considering a natural remedy to know what they’re getting into. If you’ve been unsuccessful in looking for answers, just read on to find out more.
Does kombucha really cure everything that the claims say it does? Obviously this depends on what individual claims you’ve been reading. Some of the most sensational claims, like helping to prevent cancer, are very hard (if not impossible) to prove. The short answer is that lab tests indicate there are a lot of potential health benefits from kombucha tea, but these tests have never been proven with human subjects and not enough testing has been done to make any definitive claims.
Does kombucha tea help dieters lose weight? There are some tests that seem to indicate that kombucha can help speed up the metabolism and assist dieters in losing weight. However, there have not been any tests to see if this is in addition to the green tea mixed with kombucha, or if the benefits are just from the green tea. Many people argue that it is much safer and makes more sense just to stick with the green tea.
Is kombucha dangerous? There has been a lot of debate on this. There have been a few reports of severe conditions, and even one or two of death that may have been caused in part by contaminated kombucha tea. In these reported cases, the tea was brewed by hand and most likely contaminated while brewing. No major reports have come from the kombucha that has already been brewed and bottled in energy drink form. The major issue seems to be if the tea is properly made or if any impurities get into kombucha while it’s being brewed, which makes the mix very dangerous if it is.