Kombucha tea is a fermented tea made with tea, sugar, bacteria, and yeast. Kombucha tea is made by adding a bacteria colony to sugar and tea and allowing the mix to ferment. The mixture produces vinegar, B vitamins, and other chemical compounds. Limited evidence suggests kombucha tea may offer benefits similar to probiotic supplements, including promoting a healthy immune system and preventing constipation.
Also known as: Algue de Thé, Champagne of Life, Champignon de la Charité, Champignon des Héros, Champignon de Longue Vie, Champignon Miracle, Combucha Tea, Dr. Sklenar's Kombucha Mushroom Infusion, Fungus Japonicus, Kargasok Tea, Kombucha, Kombucha Mushroom Tea, Kombucha Thé, Kwassan, Laminaire de Thé, Manchurian Fungus, Manchurian Mushroom Tea, Mushroom Infusion, Petite Mère Japonaise, Spumonto, T'Chai from the Sea, Té de Kombucha, Thé de Combucha, Thé de Kombucha, Tschambucco
Diseases and Conditions
At present, valid medical studies of kombucha tea’s role in human health are very limited.
There have been reports of adverse effects, such as stomach upset, infections and allergic reactions in kombucha tea drinkers. Kombucha tea is often brewed in homes under nonsterile conditions, making contamination likely. When improperly manufactured ceramic pots have been used for brewing, lead poisoning has occurred — the acids in the tea can leach lead from the ceramic glaze.
Do not mix with antidiabetes or disulfiram drugs.
Supplement and Food Interactions
Do not mix with caffeine-containing herbs or supplements or those with hypoglycemic potential.
There is no typical dosage of kombucha tea.
Kombucha tea is consumed as a beverage.