I am sorry guys, I love to be a skeptic too but this page is pretty biased. I know kombucha is not a wonder cure and nobody will likely experience any noticeable improvement but this article implies that kombucha is unsafe. From a biological perspective it is actually safer than yogurt and kefir because the acid conditions in the culture are rather unfavorable to pathogens. There is als some legitimate scientific evidence of benefit when we look at glucaric acid's effect on the liver. This is an excerpt from the Wikipedia article-
However, a more recent and thorough analysis of a variety of commercial and homebrew versions of kombucha found no evidence of glucuronic acid at all. Instead, the active component is most likely glucaric acid. This compound, also known as D-glucaro-1,4-lactone, helps eliminate the glucuronic acid conjugates produced by the liver. When these conjugates are excreted, normal gut bacteria can break them up using a bacterial form of beta-glucuronidase. Glucaric acid is an inhibitor of this bacterial enzyme, so the waste stored in the glucuronic acid conjugates is properly eliminated the first time, rather than being reabsorbed and detoxified over and over. Thus, glucaric acid probably makes the liver more efficient. — Unsigned, by: 220.127.116.11 / talk / contribs
- Considering the wikipedia article seems to be written by pseudoscientific trolls, I wouldn't cite it with a ten foot pole. That article is a mess. C6541 (talk) 05:15, 10 September 2012 (UTC)
This article fails to mention that it tastes like ass soaked in vinegar.