Many health claims are made for kombucha but there hasn’t been much research. In rats it’s been shown to protect against stress and improve liver function. There is a lot of experiential evidence from people who have been using kombucha over many years. Many of the benefits reported include improvements in energy levels, metabolic disorders, allergies, cancer, digestive problems, candidiasis, hypertension, HIV, chronic fatigue and arthritis. It’s also used externally for skin problems and as a hair wash among other things. For more on the health benefits, go here! I have to say from personal experience, this is what I’ve benefited: a greater “feeling of well-being”, relief from constipation, digestion, or stomach aches/ulcers, improvement in skin tone and condition, reduced sugar cravings (more noticeably in the beginning), increased energy, and resistance to colds and flu. I haven’t been sick in so long! And if I do feel something coming on, it never invades full-force. Seriously. It is a “wonder drink”!
So, on one of my last days while I was trekking through Portland, I came across a community co-op grocery store on Mississippi Ave. and this is what I’d found… a kombucha starter kit!
-the Kombucha culture “mother” in about 1 cup of the Kombucha fluid (this can be attained from the a health-food store, a site like this, Craigslist, etc. but people are usually pretty willing to give extra SCOBY’s out… just look online or ask friends)