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Kombucha: The Miracle Elixir

By Daryl H. Bryant (477 words)
Posted in Pay it Forward on December 4, 2012

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Kombucha: The Miracle Elixir

What can a little fizz do for you? Kombucha tea, a fizzy, uniquely flavored drink, has started a buzz. From the popular Synergy drinks to the adventurous hoping to home brew, kombucha is a low-calorie, lightly sweet and all natural drink that might just be able to improve your energy levels and cleanse your body.

What Is Kombucha?

Kombucha tea has been used for thousands of years in Russia, China and other Asian countries as a health tonic. Kombucha is frequently called "mushroom tea," but the label is not entirely accurate. While it is in part a fungus, kombucha is a combination of bacteria and yeast that live together symbiotically. Banish the idea of little bits of mushroom in a tea strainer; raw kombucha forms a gelatinous mat with an appearance like congealed gravy. It sounds unappetizing, but it transforms as tea.

A piece of this kombucha culture is sealed in a vat with sweetened tea of any variety. The sugar is what matters, as the yeast in the kombucha feeds on these sugars to ferment. The result is a sweet tea with a unique earthly flavor, a brisk fizz and trace amounts of alcohol. There's not enough alcohol in the drink for it to be considered alcoholic.

What's In The Finished Product?

Kombucha tea is loaded with beneficial yeasts and bacteria’s, amino acids, enzymes and polyphones. Its exact composition will vary from culture to culture depending on the yeasts present. Many of these substances are present in the human body and perform critical functions such as energy production and cleansing.

Common compounds include:

  • B-vitamins
  • C-vitamins
  • Lactic Acid
  • Oxalic Acid
  • Acetic Acid
  • Gluconic Acid
  • Oxalic Acid

Many kombucha brands and brewers will also add other beneficial extracts, juices and herbs to further boost the benefits of these naturally anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and probiotic-infused teas.

Okay, But What Does It Do?
Kombucha is sometimes called the "Champagne of Life." Its proponents will tell you that kombucha is good health in a bottle.

Kombucha drinkers say the tea:

  • Improves their digestion
  • Improves energy levels
  • Cleanses their bodies
  • Boosts their immune system
  • Boosts their mood

Science also has a little to say on the subject. In some kombucha teas is a substance called glucaric acid. Glucaric acid is used by the body to break down the wastes naturally cleansed by the liver and help them be flushed from the system more quickly rather than being passed through the liver over and over. Glucaric acid is also being explored for its uses fighting cancer.

For a drink so delicious, it certainly packs a lot of potential benefits. MS sufferers can enjoy a boost to their energy levels and immune systems simply by swapping out soda for this tasty, low-calorie tea. Sip to good health and long life with a cool glass of kombucha.

Comments (6)

Mary Ellen Hinkle posted on: December 4, 2012

Where can I find this tea? Or is it something I need to make at home? If so, can you please provide a recipe? It, of course, would be much easier if there is a place I can purchase it pre-made. Thank you!

Penny Ake posted on: December 5, 2012

Interested in purchasing or finding out how to make. I am an MS patient and am interested in anything to improve my immune system!

Kat posted on: December 5, 2012

I thought we werent supposed to take any "immune boosting" things? I took airborne once and my dr told me not too because of the echinacea which boosts the immune system. My cold turned a lot worse after that! Has anyone spoken to their drs about this?

Daryl posted on: December 5, 2012

Hello All,

There are many places where Kombucha can be purchased. Walmart and The Vitamin Shoppe have it for sale. William Sonoma has make-it-yourself kits. You may also get it online at and

These are just a few of the locations so feel free to check your local supermarkets or specialty health stores!

Daryl posted on: December 5, 2012


As with anything, people always need to speak with their doctors before taking anything. I have read negative things about Echinacea as well and do not take this myself. From my research, the Kombucha is an all natural tea that is safe to take.

Charlene posted on: December 5, 2012

Has anyone tried this mushroom tea or in capsules for calming stress: Lingzhi by Alphay ?
Grown in China and now grown in US. Nice easy filter bags. I sprout seeds for salads and that is my limit,,,,Williams Sonoma kit or not:)

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