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Kombucha tea: Risks and benefits: By Amy EvansThu, Mar 01 2012 at 4:29 PM EST Kombucha tea is a sour, effervesce...

Kombucha tea: Risks and benefits: By Amy EvansThu, Mar 01 2012 at 4:29 PM EST Kombucha tea is a sour, effervesce...

Kombucha tea is a sour, effervescent beverage that can be made in your own kitchen, purchased in healthy food stores like Whole Foods or ordered in upscale NYC eateries and the Google corporate cafeteria. Fans of the beverage extol its many benefits, including improved digestive health, appetite suppression and increased energy. But skeptics argue that these benefits are unproven by medical studies and that the bacteria in the fermented brew can be dangerous. So what exactly is this seemingly divisive beverage? “Kombucha tea is fermented drink made with tea, sugar, bacteria and yeast,” says Dr. Brent A. Bauer of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. “The resulting liquid contains vinegar, B vitamins and a number of other chemical compounds.” Risks? Benefits? Bauer is familiar with the health benefits attributed to kombucha tea, including stimulation of the immune system, can...

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