Pros and Cons of Kombucha Tea
Anyone who has done research on metabolism or weight loss understands the power that tea can have. While green tea and black tea tend to grab most of the highlights, there is an amazing variety of different teas and herbal teas which are shown to have general health benefits in addition to potential weight loss benefits. Organic Raw Kombucha tea receives a lot of this attention, and the press has been pretty mixed on it. Pushed back in the spotlight with questions amount alcoholic fermentation, and when Lindsay Lohan was spotted drinking it, there are some major health benefits to properly prepared Kombucha, but also some major red flags as well.
Kombucha is sometimes referred to as a “Kombucha mushroom” because the mother fungus that the tea is brewed from looks like a fungal mushroom, although it is not. This is normally added to traditional black tea and treated following strict instructions that keep everything as sterile as possible during the brewing and fermenting process. The biggest concern with Kombucha is having it get contaminated.
Pros of Kombucha Tea
There are many positives to drinking limited amounts of Kombucha tea. Assuming all the tea is properly brewed this substance has been used for centuries as a natural stomach ache cure that also increases the overall health of the drinker. Early testing shows some major potential weight loss benefits that include ramping up the metabolism and encouraging fat burn.
There are also the many health benefits. While these claims have not been scientifically tested yet, Kombucha has been used as a homeopathic remedy for improving metabolic health, aiding digestion, preventing cancer, stimulating the immune system, losing weight, increases energy, helps relieve joint pain, and liver detoxification. These claims still need to undergo more thorough testing for confirmation.
Cons of Kombucha Tea
Among the minor drawbacks, the taste of Kombucha tea is known for being terrible and hard for some people with sensitive stomachs to enjoy. There have also been some rare, but extremely serious cases where the tea being brewed at home was contaminated from improper brewing, and the result was severe illness and in at least two recorded cases, even death. During these times the issue wasn’t allergies or normal Kombucha Tea, it was the dangers of what could happen when the tea was contaminated during the brewing process.
If you are going to brew your own Kombucha Tea it’s critical to make sure that nothing is contaminated during the process and that it’s done correctly so you can enjoy the full range of healthy benefits without any of negatives that comes from contamination.