Kombucha by Joyla Shanklin
Everyone wants to have a magic cure for an illness or medical condition. Kombucha seems to be the latest craze and it’s said to be a “cure-all” for multiple illnesses. If you haven’t heard about this product, it is commonly mistaken to be a type of mushroom, but Kombucha is actually a type of yeast. Kombucha tea is made by fermentation with bacteria and it’s added to black tea leaves, sugar, and a variety of other ingredients. It has ancient origins sprouting from Russia, China, and Japan.
This product can be easily found in any grocery store and is said to have many benefits. These claims include that Kombucha has the ability to detoxify the liver, protect against cancer, and cleanse the body of waste (i.e. constipation). It is even used for memory loss, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), rheumatism (joint pain), aging, loss of appetite, AIDS, high blood pressure, arthritis, hair regrowth, and increasing T-cell counts.
It is important to note that none of the claims made about the product have been scientifically proven. There should be caution if you decide to drink it on a regular basis due to the likely possibility of fungus growing during the fermentation processes. According to Drugs.com this beverage is not considered to be safe. Some people may experience side effects from taking it over a period of time such as: stomach problems, yeast infections, allergic reactions, yellow skin (jaundice), nausea, vomiting, head and neck pain, and in an extreme case even death. Before using Kombucha for health benefits or to cure a medical condition, you should consult a physician to make sure that consumption is safe and beneficial for your health.
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