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Probiotics: Benefits and Side Effects of GT's Kombucha

By    |   Tuesday, 08 Dec 2015 08:32 PM

GT’s Kombucha has plenty of probiotics, helping people to obtain the benefits of that “good bacteria.”

This fermented black tea originates from China, where it got the nickname “immortal health elixir,” according to Food Renegade. Made from a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast, the drink is high in probiotics, and people have reported that it may be beneficial to patients with cancer, arthritis, and other diseases.

Legend holds that as the popularity of the tea spread, a Korean physician named Kombu healed the Japanese Emperor Inyko with the tea, and the beverage took his name, Phoenix Helix noted. The suffix “cha” means tea.

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Food Renegade cited benefits to gut health from kombucha, including improvements in the digestive tract. Additionally help with fighting yeast overgrowth, such as candida. Since the gut connects with the immune and nervous systems, drinking kombucha may help with mood stability and clarity as well as fighting disease and keeping up energy levels.

Pheonix Helix reported a common myth about the tea is that it has over 50 types of probiotics, organic enzymes, amino acids, and vitamins. Batches of kombucha tend to differ each time because of the fermentation process. The tea has acetobacter, the SCOBY’s beneficial bacteria, as well as yeast, the pH regulator gluconic acid, acetic acid that helps stabilize blood sugar, and sometimes pain relievers.

GT offers a few varieties of kombucha tea. Its kombucha classic may contain 0.5 percent alcohol.

Whole Foods pulled all its kombucha off its shelves in 2010 because some brands of the tea contained over 0.5 percent, the legal limit, Mother Jones reported. In some cases, alcohol amounts went up to 3 percent.

According to The Good Karma Kitchen, some people experience feeling happier, more energized, and clearer in mind after drinking GT’s kombucha. Because of the probiotics, digestion runs more smoothly too.

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Mother Jones noted the tea has not been scientifically proven safe or beneficial to an individual’s health since batches tend to turn out differently each time, making it difficult to turn out consistent results.

Some worry serious health concerns could be linked to the product, Mother Jones said, citing a couple cases in which people were hospitalized after drinking the tea from health issues, including lactic acidosis, which occurs when lactic acid accumulates in the blood stream. One person died from cardiac arrest.

Lead poisoning has also been linked to kombucha teas, according to News.Mic.

In less severe instances, people have complained of upset stomachs, nausea, and problems with allergies. News.Mic reported some people also don’t like the vinegary, sour taste, though many producers, including GT, flavor their beverages.

Get Komucha.com also lists side effects, such as runny nose, headache, diarrhea, vomiting, swelling, and breaking out with pimples, though it said this is especially normal during the first days drinking it as the beverage clears out the body’s system, side effects tend to decrease after a few days.

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